The purpose of MMM is to be a little breakfast of encouragement before the week starts, and today I want to share one of the most humbling but encouraging things I’ve read in a long time.
“Be hard on sin but easy on forgiveness. I think that’s what the cross proves about our God. He’s hanging there because I put Him there. God is making a statement about what He thinks about my sin as Jesus writhes in agony trying to get enough leverage to just breathe. He’s there on the cross because God is saying something about my sin, “I hate it. I’m hard on sin. You want to know how hard I am on sin? Watch Me as I deal with My Son on Calvary.” And without mercy, without grace, without pity, without compassion, He brutally killed His Son and made Him to suffer my hell. God is hard on sin so He can be easy to come to me one day and say, “Forgiven.””
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
-2 Corinthians 5:2
If that doesn’t wrap you up in a warm blanket of love, humility and awe, I don’t know what will.
Jesus became our sin. We were supposed to have His death, but because of love He suffered in our place so that full atonement could be received by us and full glory could be given to Him.
Man of Sorrows! What a Name:
I pray you are able to see with what pure, redeeming, relentless love God has loved you. He offers redemption and steadfast love to all [Psalm 130:7-8]. And, while He was hard on your sins, He is easy on forgiveness [which in no way makes it acceptable to sin, Romans 6:15]. If you haven’t died to yourself and this world, do it today. If you have, be encouraged by the Gospel and preach it to yourself daily as you continue to die to your identity in this world.