Are You Acquitted?

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 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. – John 3:17-18 The Message

While watching a high profile court hearing, I could sense the many who condemned the person accused of the crime. This came through the news shows that commented on the trial and public opinion on social media. I wonder how it feels to be truly condemned by society. I wonder if that’s how Judas Iscariot felt when he experienced remorse over turning Jesus in to the authorities.

Condemnation is basically a death sentence. It may not be death of life, but it may be death of relationship, self-worth, or life as it is known. The condemned stands alone.

Believing in Jesus makes condemnation impossible. Saying yes to Jesus is saying yes to eternal life. Not saying yes means certain conviction of our sins and paying the price of forever being separated from God. It’s not what he wants. That’s why we have Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the marvelous gift of Jesus so that I am not condemned. My death sentence was revoked when I said yes to you. I pray that today I am given opportunity to share that good news. Amen

Faith Tip: Realize the importance of saying yes to Jesus and watch for opportunities to share with others.

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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

Yesterday at our church the American Red Cross was set up to take blood donations throughout the day. This blood would be used to save lives. It’s a process that has been done for many years and there is no doubt that it has helped many people.

The blood of Jesus was given willingly to save lives. It flowed from his body which hung on the cross after being brutalized. Hours before, Jesus offered the cup to his disciples to whom he said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” It is clear that the blood of Jesus had the power to clean our sins away. Do not allow the world to confuse you in this fact, but stand strong in the victory.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the great sacrifice you made for me. I cannot imagine all that you went through for me. You are my all in all. Amen

Faith Tip: With Jesus, you are clean. Believe that today and live it out.