Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jesus Power To Forgive

Your sins are forgiven because of Jesus love for his creation.

Mark 2: 6-7  But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Acts 10:37-43  You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses.

We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”

Acts 13: 38-39  “Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do.

The power to forgive sins was a highly volatile discussion several times in the interactions between Jesus and the Pharisees, the religious police would say over and over again "This is blasphemy!" The prophets declared that Jesus would forgive and take their sin away (Acts 10:43), it was predicted by the angels and by John the Baptist (Matthew 1:20-21,John 1:29)

Was Jesus God and did he have the power to settle the debt of sin that I owed? There must have been a purpose in his willingness to go to the cross without protesting at his trial. If Jesus didn't die for a purpose then why did he die and come back again in three days? There was only one reason to suffer the way that Jesus did, if he wasn't doing it to forgive us of our sin debt then the only conclusion that we could make is that he was a lunatic. Jesus would have to be a madman to endure the pain and the torture that he went through if it were not for the forgiveness of our sins.

It was predicted that he would come to earth and die to forgive us, it was predicted that he would return from the grave in three days, what more proof do we need that Jesus is who he claimed to be and that he came to make us right with God?

Thank you Lord for your love for me that provided a way for me to be made right before you, all of my sins forgiven and a bright future with you for eternity is mine because of you.