Recently I was exploring the vast recesses of the internet and stumbled upon information about a biblically-themed amusement park, and coupling a photograph of a reenactment of the crucifixion read the caption, “Instead of roller-coasters, you get guilt.”
Is that what people consider the point of the cross? Though I am imperfect and have certainly missed several words and facts in Scripture over the years, I’m confident that there is nowhere in the Bible that calls us to find guilt as the end result of Christ’s death on the cross. In fact, over and over we are reminded that Jesus died to bring us new life (2 Corinthians 5:17), freedom(Galatians 5:1), true fellowship (Ephesians 2:13-16), hope (2 Corinthians 4:16) an assurance of undeserved eternity in Heaven (John 3:16), and so, so much more.
About a year ago I sat under the teaching of a Pastor who ventured even so far as to say that guilt is not a Biblical concept to a world in which Christ died. The Father sent the Son to die for us, and He did so willingly. It was God’s love for His created humankind that Christ died, and we have no need to find guilt in that. There is far too much forgiveness and grace in the cross for us to waste time dwelling on the things He washed out with His blood.
The Bible does not call for us to find guilt in the cross, but it certainly desires a different kind of lifestyle. Friends, let us go forth not in guilt, but in redemption. Let us live our lives as though we have been died for, as though we have something to live for, as though we are set apart from the rest of the world because of the hope within us.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)