Jesus paid it all, we don’t have get on a cross, Jesus already died on a cross. We don’t have offer up sacrifices for sin to God, Jesus became the Ultimate sacrifice for sin to God the Father on our behalf. Yet, there are people all over the world, usually led by some religion, that beat themselves, that neglect themselves, or some even get on make-shift crosses as penance for their sins. They are wasting their time!
When people do this they are, in essence, saying Jesus’ Ultimate sacrifice was not enough. Let me tell you now, that is a lie from the pit of Hell. When Jesus said, while dying on the cross, “It is finished,” in John 19:30, He really meant that His sacrifice paid the price for the sin of the world In Full. Our only sacrifice now is to yield our bodies as sacrifices of holiness to God by the power and help of the Holy Spirit. Paul explains this type of Christian sacrifice in Romans 12: 1 saying,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”(KJV)
Paul called this a “reasonable service,” not an offering for sin, but as a way to serve God to the highest. Don’t get me wrong, we are still responsible for asking God to forgive our sins, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit (Who acts only as we place our faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus) it is His work to help us to walk in that righteousness of Christ Jesus (something that we were given upon salvation).
So Why Penance
It is man-led religion that causes people, even Christians, to offer penance to God as a way to pay for the transgressions that we commit. What they are doing is, in essence, placing people in bondage to Law. The Apostle Paul clearly stated in Romans 8:2,
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”(KJV)
The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus supersedes the Law of Sin and Death. Meaning that righteousness comes by faith, alone, in the work that Jesus did on the cross to pay for sin. Period! The Law of Sin and Death is the ability to make ones-self righteous by some human effort. This does not work and it cannot work, in general, because we as human beings have a sin nature in our DNA.
But Jesus Paid it All.
Now if we dare to place our faith in Jesus Christ and in Him alone for our righteousness than we are now under the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. And we are freed from what man-made religion would try to enslave us with, the Law of Sin and Death. When we make the conscious decision to place our faith in the finished redemptive work of the cross, we are expressing to God that, indeed, Jesus Paid It All! A-men
Won’t you accept Jesus in your heart today? Simply ask Him to forgive your sins, and cleanse you from all of your unrighteousness (which was the purpose of the shed blood at the cross. It became a sin cleaning agent). And ask Jesus Christ to come and live in your heart. And here is the good thing: He Will Do it!
Or, maybe at one time you received Jesus in your heart and you got caught up in works religion which might have caused you to turn your back on God and religion. Won’t you rededicate yourself back to Christ by reaffirming to Him that you believe that Jesus paid it all and ask Him to forgive you for ignoring the cross and trying to become righteous through by human effort. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms. Ask Him today.