Tuesday, March 12, 2019

There’s Only One Way to Get Rid of Guilt

In review of Isaiah 53:5-6 it says, “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities . . . All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (NASB).

Today’s passage is Isaiah 53:5-6. In it, Isaiah the prophet gave us insight into our Messiah. He told us that he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashedand we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!

God was pulling aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah's day look ahead to the suffering of the future Messiah and the resulting forgiveness made available to all. Israel had strayed from God, they are compared to as wandering sheep. Yet even with this, God would send the Messiah to bring them (us) back.

Every one of us has a good reason to feel guilt. No one does everything right! We hurt other people. We act selfishly. Often the most unkind things we say are to the people we love the most.

Just like I can’t hide my sins from God, I can’t hide my guilt over my sins from him either. Not only that, but when I try to cover up my guilty feelings, they start to eat at me on the inside.

Only one thing works to get rid of guilt: Confess my sins, and trust in God’s forgiveness. The word confession in the Bible in Greek is homologeo. Homo means same. Logeo means to speak. So confession simply means to agree with God. “You’re right, God. I was wrong.”

Everything I’m going to do wrongincluding the stuff I’m going to do tonight, tomorrow, next week, and 10 years from nowhas already been paid for. That is the goodness of God.

Jesus takes all my guilt on himself. He gives me his goodness, also called righteousness. This is the most basic, fundamental truth of the Bible: My broken soul becomes whole again in him.

The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5-6, “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities . . . All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (NASB).

If I don’t feel forgiven, it means I don’t fully understand God’s goodness. When Jesus died, he covered all my sins, threw them into the deepest part of the sea, and put up a “No Fishing” sign. If I’ve confessed my sin to God, why would I drag it out when God has already forgiven and forgotten it?

Bottom Line:
Our Messiah went through physical trauma and gave his life for us. Each of us had strayed away from God like sheep to follow our own paths. Even so, God laid all of our guilt and sins on him.

What this means to me:
My Messiah suffered physically and gave his life for me. I had strayed away from God just like a sheep would wander away, to follow what I think was my path. But even when I was doing it my way, God laid all of my guilt and sins on him. I just need to put my trust in him.

In summary, He was wounded and bruised for my sins, beaten so I would have peace, lashed while I'm healed. I have strayed away, left to follow God's patch to follow my own. Yet God laid on Him my guild and sins. I can't hide my sins or my guilt from him. If I do, they start to eat at me. Only one thing works to get rid of guilt and it's to confess my sins, and trust in God's forgiveness. My confession simply means to agree with God. Jesus takes on all of my guilt and sin and gives me his goodness.

Father I thank you and Jesus for your plan and his sacrifice to make me right with you. If I have any guilt, I need to confess it so that you can make me whole by your sacrifice. This morning I pray for your goodness to continue in my life, I ask for your wisdom and guidance in my work tasks, my leadership and my interaction with others. I ask this through your Son Jesus name, amen!

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