The Atoning Sacrifice
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:24-25 ESV
I cannot count how many times I have made excuses for my sin. I feel ashamed of my struggles, my backsliding, and my dishonesty when I think about the compromises I made in my relationship with God. Instead of owning who I am—a sinner—I pretended to be a “good” Christian girl living a life of hypocrisy. I knew there was grace and forgiveness in Jesus, and once I fully understood He suffered on behalf, His loving kindness drew me to repentance.
When we look at ourselves, I mean, truly reflecting on our brokenness and sinfulness, there is no hope to break our enslavement to sin. There is nothing we can do to save us from the deadly sickness that has infected our nature since the first Adam. Christ was crucified so we might die to ourselves and live righteously for His name’s sake. He who knew no sin, became sin and endured the wrath of God on our behalf, and because of Jesus, we have hope.
This is good news— the sin-bearing death of Jesus was final, which means Christ was the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins—all of them—and it is finished through Him. He took on our punishment, and when we receive the gift of salvation, the blood He shed now covers all our iniquities…deeming us righteous before God. Beloved friends, we were once dead in transgressions, but now we are alive in Christ!
Christians, is there unconfessed sin in your life? Do you feel like your sin can never be forgiven? Look to the cross, and be reminded of the love of God shown through the atoning death of His Son. By His blood, we can overcome sin.
Father, forgive me of my trespasses, and restore a steadfast Spirit within me. Create in me a pure heart, and give me the power to abandon my sin and cling to righteousness. Thank you Jesus for Your sacrifice on the cross. Help me to always be reminded of the price You paid for a straying sheep like myself.
What sins are you struggling with? Meditate on 1 Peter 2:24-25, and reflect on the sin-bearing, law vindicating, guilt washing death of Jesus Christ.