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Romans 8:1

There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

At the time I’m writing this it was only yesterday that we celebrated Easter, Resurrection Sunday. It is a wonderful time to reflect on the amazing sacrifice Christ made on the cross for us. It causes us to pause and take stock on what that event means for us as His children and to really consider just why that day is so special and important. This verse is why. It is easy to read this quickly and not understand the impact of what it means, but it is powerful.

I have thankfully never had to stand trial for a crime but I have pondered what that experience must be like. To me the worst part would have to be the verdict, that point in the trial that everything hinges on and to potentially be found guilty. Thinking about what that means, the freedom lost to incarceration, the experiences missed, the weight of the consequences from one decision that would now alter the course of my future for who knows how long. Now imagine that sentence wasn’t for a few years, or life, but eternity! How much more the weight and gravity of that sentence would have! That IS the reality for all of us! We have all been condemned for eternity by our sin, we deserve death, and separation from God for eternity. But God, one of my favorite phrases in the Bible, sent His Son to take the punishment on our behalf. He crushed His Son, so that we would have life!

How incredible is that? We ARE guilty, and deserve all the punishment, but when God looks at us, He sees His Son, and declares that the penalty has been paid in full. We are declared righteous through Christ, and our sins are forgiven. Hallelujah! What greater gift could there be, what a weight to be lifted off our shoulders? How can we respond but to praise the name of Jesus who willingly took our place? He Who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be saved. There is no longer any condemnation for us and we no longer walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Easter is a celebration of the most memorized verses in the Bible and yet one of the most profound. John 3:16, God So loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Praise God for His amazing gift and sacrifice today and every day!
"New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
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