Easter Means No More Condemnation
By Rick Warren
Have you ever wondered who put Jesus on the cross?
It wasn’t Judas or Caiaphas. It wasn’t Pilate. It wasn’t even the religious leaders who hated Jesus.
This may shock you, but there are two answers.
First, it was God. The Bible says it was his plan from the very beginning. It’s the reason he came to earth. The Bible had predicted his death hundreds of years earlier.
But the other answer is us. You put Jesus on the cross, and so did I. If we had never sinned, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die. Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (NIV).
Because Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.
We’re all imperfect. We have sin that makes us feel guilty about our past. We have regrets. But God doesn’t want us to live with that guilt. That’s why Jesus died!
Ephesians 1:7 says, “Christ sacrificed his life’s blood to set us free, which means that our sins are now forgiven. Christ did this because God was so kind to us” (CEV).
Guilt wastes a ton of energy. It wears us out and robs us of peace of mind.
Too many believers are saved but don’t act like it. They’re full of shame and guilt. It dominates everything they do. They believe in Jesus, but they haven’t been set free from the condemnation of sin.
Romans 8:1 says, “Now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT).
“No condemnation” means God doesn’t judge you for all the things you’ve done wrong if you’ve trusted in Christ Jesus. He took your punishment on the cross. God doesn’t have to condemn you, because Jesus took your condemnation.
That’s what Easter is all about. You’re forgiven. Jesus died for you. You can live with hope and not condemnation.
You can be free.
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