What a great time of year this is. Passover. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you”. It’s a time of receiving forgiveness – and of forgiving.
As we remember what the Christ went through, we also marvel at the love of Abba to forgive all who accept His offer to reconcile Himself to a humanity that had so terribly abused His one and only. You see, the Father was actually the One who offered His Lamb to pay for our sins. Sure, the Jewish religious leaders demanded Yeshua be crucified. And Gentile Romans made sure it happened in a most horrible way. But in the end, it was all of us – all of us who have ever sinned – who caused His death. That’s me, that’s you, that’s all of us.
In this season as we come near to Passover, it’s a time to ponder deeply on the topic of forgiveness. On BEING forgiven, and … perhaps even more difficult, forgiving and releasing and being RECONCILED to all and any who have hurt us. But not just claiming to have forgiven -- but knowing so, from your heart.
Be watching this website for a full NEW sermon soon on “forgiving others as Christ forgave – from the heart.” And don't forget, Passover is the season that reminds us that He who was hurt the most by you and me, and by all of us humans – was God the Father Himself. And yet HE is the One extending His heart and his hand to you and me to be reconciled with Him. He gave us His Son – born as a beautiful little baby. But look at how we returned him! Remember? After his resurrection, Yeshua pointed to the hole in his side and the holes in his hands/wrists (the wrists were considered part of the “hand” back then). John 20:27.
Our sins caused the indescribably painful death of Yeshua our Messiah (Jesus Christ). Yes, Peter said in Acts 2:22-23 that we all killed Christ.
So if anyone could justifiably remain angry, bitter and unforgiving – and have a right to feel that way – it might be God himself. But in this season he reminds us: “When I look at you, if I see that you’re covered by the blood of the Lamb of God, I will pass over your sins.” And He means it; from His heart.
And now Abba wants his children learning to be like him: forgiving even the most “unforgivable” monsters for their sins, actions, crimes and misdeeds, especially when they repent. Don’t you just love it when people say “What he/she did is simply unforgivable”? Have you ever done something so heinous that some have said it was “unforgivable”? In fact you did. And I did. We caused an innocent young man to be tortured and killed on the cross by our sins. Your sins. My sins. And that young man – while hanging on the cross – asked his Daddy – “Abba, forgive them Father, for they really don’t grasp what they’re doing” (Luke 23:32-34). And HE said that before there was any repentance going on from those for whom he was asking forgiveness! And his Abba heard that and agreed – and offered His own son to take upon himself all the wrath that should have gone to you and me for our sins. You see, forgiving the unforgivable is what Abba does so well. And then he reconciles and blesses the one He’s forgiven. Amen.
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