“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 NLT
If you have been going to church for any amount of time, it has been made clear to you that Christ died for your sins. But something to keep in mind is that the power of His sacrifice and the necessity of our own sacrifice don’t end there. You may know that Christ died for you, but how often do you consider why?
I want to emphasize the middle portion of the verse: SO THAT we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. We are not giving justice to Christ’s sacrifice if we use it to place ourselves higher than others. Let’s think about our everyday lives and how we might yell at somebody because we are sure we are the ones in the right. What about when we snap at someone who points out our flaws? Sometimes it might be hard for us to recognize (let’s be real – all the time) that we are seeking self-justification. We justify our every thought and action. It becomes a nasty habit – our own dirty little secret. We look for anything we can grab on to to help us prove that we don’t make mistakes. What if we change our perspective on a conflict and stop trying to grasp at straws? What if we let go of the need to justify ourselves?
As Mark said on Saturday, “we aren’t that changeable.”
We aren’t dead to sin if we continue to hold on to our own self-claimed righteousness. We live as if He never even died for us, and now its up to us to justify our own actions. What we’re missing is that he already justified us. So we can now let go of those mistakes and live by true righteousness.
When we refuse to change and continue on in sin, we are completely missing the point. Jesus carried those flaws and left them on the cross in order that we may seek His goodness. We aren’t fully able to pursue His righteousness until we admit that we are unable to obtain it on our own. After that admission, we are able to live for what is right.
So let us shed off the incessant need to be right or good in another’s’ eyes (or even our own), and recognize that we are good. He has made us good. By his precious wounds, we are healed.