Forgiveness in Christ

Passage:  John 19:28-30

Key verses:  Colossians 1:13-14  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Since the sin of our first parents, we’ve been on the path of destruction.  Only perfection can enter into the kingdom of heaven and we’re tainted.  Our sinful nature bought for us a ticket straight to eternity away from God.  But the story doesn’t end there.

You see, God couldn’t let it end that way.  He loved His creation far too much to let us have what we deserved, so in the ultimate act of love, Jesus became flesh, God bankrupted heaven of its treasure, and He delivered us from destruction.  Our debt was paid in His sacrifice.  Everything we owed was paid in full when He died on that cross.  He transferred us to His kingdom, a life spent with God, not apart from Him.  He redeemed us.

In Christ we have full forgiveness.  Our slate is clean, our record is wiped out.  We owe Him everything, because He has set us free.  In Him we have life.  His death finished the work that He was sent here to do.  But still the story doesn’t end there.  No, that part of the story gets us to Friday – but Sunday is the part that makes it all mean something.  Sunday is the main event.