Remember the courtroom scenario? So imagine you’re before a good and just judge who must punish you and now you’re facing sentencing. Imagine if someone stepped in and said, “I’ll pay the fine on behalf of (insert your name)!” And now the demand for justice has been satisfied and the judge is now free and able to let you go. Imagine you’re facing execution. And someone who is loving, has lived a perfect, sinless life takes your place. That’s what Jesus has done for all of us. This is a demonstration of God’s great love. Not changing his standards but fulfilling them by paying the price himself.
You see, God didn’t give us the commandments to crush us, but to show us our need for a savior. He didn’t send us the commandments so we could be enslaved to guilt forever. He sent us his Son so we could live forever. While psychology and human solutions merely move the guilt around and shift blame onto our parents, neighbors, ourselves, we have, in the Gospel, someone who bore all that guilt upon himself so we could be with him forever. Guilt and shame can make us run from God, but I challenge you to take it and run toward God to receive complete forgiveness. There is no sin too great that can keep us from receiving salvation.