You are pardoned. You are forgiven. And that is the first P! You already knew that though, if you read last week’s post, Three Ps in a Pod, part 1.
Even as I type, this biblical truth baffles me. It does not seem like it should be. Why can you or I be pardoned? My feelings tell me that I don’t deserve it. My actions certainly don’t warrant it either. I am not worthy. At all.
But am I going to let my feelings dictate my actions?
Am I going to let my circumstances guide my behavior?
Am I going to let the devil’s lies provoke me?
In short, am I giving permission to believe anything other than God’s holy, unwavering, encouraging, inspired, and truthful Word?
If we go back to 2 Corinthians 5, specifically verse 14, we can see why we can answer “No” to the previous question.
Here is the second part of verse 14, “…because we are convinced that one died for all,”
Convinced…are you convinced? Or do you just have an opinion? Is what you believe just that or is it a deep conviction that motivates you to act accordingly? More on this later…
The first P in the Pod is Pardon. You and I can have a full pardon from sin. WHY?
Because ‘one died for all’.
Listen, this is the bottom line. You want the meaning of life? Jesus died for you. Why are we put on this earth? Jesus died so we can live.
There are so many scriptures that point us to the cross on which Jesus died. The Easter season is coming up soon. People will go to church for the first and perhaps, the only time this year. The point is that life (and everything else we seek answers for) is found in the cross.
I don’t fully understand how God loved me enough to let His son die for me. But I will accept the pardon. Anyone can.
I was originally planning on explaining some of the Old Testament sacrifices that God required. All the blood! Then, in Hebrews, Jesus is described as better than those sacrifices. He used His own blood! Maybe a series on the Blood?
Know that His death and shed blood obliterated sin. The penalty of sin is gone. Remember two posts back? A new creation? Yes, that is you and I. We have been forgiven.
Pardon (noun)-that action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.
Our sin was an offense to God. We were cut off from Him. He wanted to love us and wrap His arms as a father hugs his child. But the bars of sin prevented such expression.
Hey, no problem. Here is the key to open those bars:
God’s son will be born as a baby.
Jesus will live as a human.
He will be sentenced, beaten, broken, and finally crucified.
He will die on that cross.
They will bury his body in a borrowed tomb.
But then he will rise. He will ascend to heaven.
And then he will sit down because his work of salvation is complete.
Now we are free to be hugged by God because the bars of sin are no longer between us.
We have been pardoned.
Let God hug you right now. He is waiting.