Most of us can recite the fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that if we believe in Him we get to go to Heaven when we die. I’ve known this since I was five years old and got saved watching a televangelist on Sunday morning…back before there was ANYTHING ELSE to watch on Sunday morning! Unfortunately, after all my years of being in church, it wasn’t until recently that I understood what that death on the cross REALLY MEANT.
Jesus died to take my sins. He became sin on that cross so that I could be righteous. Not in some sweet by and by, BUT RIGHT NOW. Yes, with all my faults and failings, I am righteous in the sight of God…that means that by faith in the death of Jesus on the cross, I have been “made right” or “given right standing.” When God looks at me, He sees the perfection of Jesus having paid for every sin, past or future…I am JUSTIFIED. “Just As If I Never Sinned.”
Jesus, who never sinned, became sin on that cross, and I become righteous by faith in that sacrifice.
Elementary, you say? Well, maybe so for you. But the realization that Jesus’ death meant more in my life than just a fancy mansion in Heaven when I die is actually quite a new revelation to me. The afterlife was a good deal, but strength, hope, and perfection as perceived by my Heavenly Father TODAY, in this life, has brought on a whole new boldness that I don’t think the devil ever wants any of us to truly grasp.
“Righteousness by faith” is a concept we see in Phil. 3:9, Galatians 5:5, Romans 3:22 and Hebrews 11:7. It means that by faith in Christ, I am made righteous to God. That whole famous verse…”there is now therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those that are in Christ Jesus”? Yeah, that’s what that means….we can no longer be condemned because we have believed in the sacrifice on the cross. We can’t be condemned to hell eternally, and we should not condemn ourselves by way of our conscience in this life. The sins are all paid for…in advance. Overpaid for, actually.
Moms and Dads, I want you to be bold in your life and especially in your parenting. If you think Christianity is all about Jesus forgiving you of your past sins and now you have to be good for the rest of your life, you will never realize your incredible potential in this life. You’ll be scared to death of every screw up and never have the kind of confidence it takes to really overcome in this world. And believe you me, it takes a whole lotta boldness to do this job of parenting right. He died so that we could “come boldly to the throne of GRACE and find help in time of need.”
If we don’t understand that we can march boldly right up to the throne of our loving Heavenly Father based on the righteousness given to us because of our faith in Christ, then we will constantly be in fear of our sin, our past, condemning ourselves and others because of our own legal list of do’s and don’ts that we think win us favor with God. If we don’t teach this to our kids…we will have kids that behave right out of fear, not out of love for Jesus. If we don’t see ourselves as beloved and favored by the God who loved us enough to die for us so that we could be righteous (perfect) in His sight, then we will never truly feel worthy enough to ask for big things, confident enough to try to do big things, or even understand that we have the God-given right to ask for them based on the sacrifice of Christ.
Every day, a hundred times a day, I have to remind myself that I am righteous by faith in Jesus. I have to look at Jesus, and know that THAT is how God sees me. And if I have all these great parenting tips, and if you learn how to run a smoother house or how to get your baby to sleep or whatever from this site and YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS TRUTH I AM TELLING YOU…then I haven’t done the very first thing that God asked me to do.
You gotta know, y’all. You gotta know that He sees you as perfect and doesn’t look at your sins and failings. He loves you and you should be fearlessly bold with that kind of love that casts out every fear.
1 John 4:17 “…as He is, so are we in this world…”