4th Tuesday after Easter

Psalm 25, John 19:28–30, Hebrews 10:1-14

The End. It’s the .

has declared it so.

What is the ? The remembrance of your s.

The beauty of the cross is that the record of our s has been amed. While some say that they are wiped out completely, it is probably better to say they have been struck from the record. It’s not as if they didn’t happen (and God doesn’t forget); it is as if they didn’t happen. Is this a nuance, yes. Does it, at the , mean the same thing? Yes.

Yet, understanding that they have been struck-out helps us better understand some things. The measurement of the and the consequences in our lives of that remain. When we stand before the throne of God, after is struck through by the blood of . We still have to deal with it now. The penalty of separation from God is red.

There is another important piece, which is alluded to in Hebrews. The s are gone (from a legal perspective). Stop guilting yourself about it. You confessed them (right?). You ed for God’s forness (right?). Done. No longer carry the burden. Does this mean that there are not things you have to do? Sorry, you will still have some to do with , but with God you’re good.

Guilt and shame can be the biggest barriers to the Very Good Life. got it.

1) Have you ever had unrelenting guilt or shame? Are you still burdened with one today? Why have you not released it to God?

2) There is a concern that we can keep committing a because God will always for us. How does a personal with God keep that from becoming an issue?

3) Why is it important to understand that with God a ’s penalty is taken away, while the earthly penalty remains?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.