You may be walking around with the feeling that the bad things that are happening in your life you have deserved.  For your sins.  Because you’re a bad person.  You may have started a negative chat or gossip about a person and it had devastating consequences for that person and now you have a bad conscience and think that the pain you have in your body you deserve.  Or maybe you really did commit a terrible sin and you know it was wrong and you feel you deserve to be depressed and down.  Or you do not really know what you have done wrong, but have a feeling of unworthiness, impurity and guilt and you think that you should feel this because you are a sinful person.

 We have all sinned and cannot by ourselves pay ransom for it.  The price is too high for us to even pay a small, small part of.  Thankfully, God had a solution to the guilt of all mankind.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 Because God loved us so much, He gave His only Son as ransom for us.  When you look at Jesus, that He suffered torture, was nailed, took all your diseases and died for you on the cross and thus repealed the accusation against you, then you understand that He simultaneously gave His righteousness and peace to you.  A change where He took everything bad from us and gave everything good from Him.  When you look at Jesus, receive His righteousness and freedom.  See that your guilt was laid on Him on the cross.  You do not deserve it, none of us do.  

None of us can bear our own debt and thus pay it.  Jesus was the only one who could take our place of punishment, because He was without sin in thought and deed, completely spotless.  He did not have to take our punishment, but did so out of love.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Rom. 8:31-33

 Jesus fulfilled all the requirements on humanity and volunteered to die on the cross for all the sins and diseases of all mankind.  He became a total and abundant sacrifice on the cross.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1-4

 We live by the Spirit because we have what Jesus did on the cross clearly portrayed for us.  Then there is no condemnation for us, we are acquitted by putting our faith in Jesus’ atoning deed.  If you have believed that you must bear the punishment for your own sins and suffer from its consequences of sickness, pain and mental illness, then you can now know that you are acquitted through Jesus.  Everything is clear, what you need to do is receive and live in freedom.

 Whatever you have done or not done, whatever you have said or not said, all bad things Jesus has taken from you and given you His life and purity instead.  You are acquitted.  As soon as you feel guilt or a guilty conscience, look to Jesus and thank Him for what He has done on the cross, thank Him for His righteousness which is now yours.  What He did on the cross is more than enough, whatever you do, His sacrifice is greater and His power stronger than the worst sin.  As the Father looks at Jesus, spotless and pure, so He looks at you, for you are in Jesus by faith.

 Lydia Billström