At this time of year, we remember how Jesus Christ became a man and took our sins upon Himself. By dying on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins so we can spend an eternity in the presence of our Lord. We can accept His pardon, or we can reject His pardon. Accepting His pardon gives us an eternity of glory in the presence of our Lord. Rejecting His pardon means we will spend an eternity in a horrible hell. The decision is ours.
I had a better understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice when our first baby was born. We were happy and excited as most new parents are. Then the thought occurred to me, “God must love His Son far more than we could ever love our child. I could not imagine loving anyone enough to stand by and watch our child tortured to death to save someone, yet that is what God has done for us.”
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (All quotes ESV)
How do we obtain this forgiveness for sins? Must we climb a high mountain? Must we must we rescue X number of fair maidens? We just ask for it. It is that easy. It is not a matter of positive and negative “Brownie points.” If it were, no one would ever be saved. It is a matter of accepting or rejecting a free gift.
Let us look at Luke 23:42-43. One of the criminals crucified with Jesus says, “Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom.”
And He (Jesus) said, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 7-9.
If you are not saved or are unsure of your salvation, is there a better time than now to ask for the forgiveness of sin?