Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have been justified. Justified is one of those theological words that float around with salvation, redemption and redeemed in our minds. Scripture teaches that we are justified or declared ‘not guilty’ because of the work of Jesus on the cross. Romans 3:23-24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” We are sinners one and all and have no way of approaching God except through God’s grace and mercy shown to us in Jesus. God sent Jesus to redeem us, pay the penalty for our sins, and declare us ‘not guilty’ before Him. It is truly a magnificent gift!
Paul goes on to say in Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Being declared ‘not guilty’ brings peace and hope into our lives. Paul went on to explain that justification in and through Christ is ours as a gift not something we ‘earn’ by good works or being good. He told the Galatians in 2:16 “ yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
We can rest in our faith in Jesus that it is enough, totally sufficient, for redemption. It cannot be earned but is a free gift from Him. Thank you Jesus!
Suggestion: Think of someone that you need to forgive and just do it! Pray and ask Jesus help you let go of bitterness, anger or hatred for this person. Let it go in His name. See how free you feel.