Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jesus Offers Amnesty!

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On the cross Christ did away with our hatred for each other. He also made peace between us and God by uniting Jews and Gentiles in one body.  Christ came and preached peace to you Gentiles, who were far from God, and peace to us Jews, who were near God.   And because of Christ, all of us can come to the Father by the same Spirit.  You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God. 

Ephesians 2:16-19

There is an ongoing controversy in the United States about "illegal immigrants."  They are sometimes called undocumented aliens.  The debate is about whether or not they should be provided a "path to citizenship" or deported to their home countries.  Then there are those who want to provide them with Amnesty.  One definition of Amnesty is "the act of a sovereign power officially forgiving certain classes of persons who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted."

For those of us who have sinned against God, and that is all of us, Jesus offers Amnesty for our sins.  We deserve to be put on trial and most surely would be convicted, but Jesus intervened and made it possible for us to be "citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God."

Does that mean that everyone should grant Amnesty to all lawbreakers on this earth?  Certainly not!  It means that the power, importance, and eternal value of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ cannot ever be measured.  The Amnesty that Jesus offers you was not cheap and it was not easy, but it is complete and forever!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for not simply ignoring my sin.  Instead You paid the awful price to bring me to Your heart.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

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