The Story of the Lamb
John 1:29, Gen. 22, Exodus 12
OPENING ILLUSTRATION: The life of Dr. William Petit was forever changed on July 23, 2007. In his first interview since his family was murdered Oprah Winfrey asked Dr. Petit, ''Can you forgive?'' Dr. Petit said, ''You can forgive somebody who stole your car. You can forgive somebody who slapped you in the face. You can forgive somebody who insulted you. You can forgive somebody who caused an accident. I think forgiving the essence of evil is not appropriate.'', ''I don't think you can forgive ultimate evil.''
I think the foundational story of the Bible is answering the question, ''Can God forgive Ultimate Evil?''
If by ''forgive'' you mean to wipe the slate, sort of pretend it never happened- the resounding answer from scripture is, ''NO! God never has and never will forgive in that sense. There has always been a payment required.
And I believe something deep inside of us knows it should be this way. Deep down inside we agree with Dr. Petit, it's not appropriate to overlook evil it must be judged and punished if God is to remain just.
Exodus 23:7 (NASB95) 7 ….for I will not acquit the guilty.
Nahum 1:3 (NASB95) 3 … And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
ILLUSTRATION: Suppose the Judge who tried the two men that murdered and raped Dr. Petit's family said, ''Well, we will just overlook this one''. Would that be justice? NO! It would be evil.
OK - The message of Christianity is
1. God is the most Holy of all judges
2. In his eyes all have sinned.
3. All sin must be punished in order for God to remain just
4. God has provided a way for Him to remain just and for you to avoid judgment at the same time.
Post moderns object to an absolute set of moral standards that every person must submit to or else they become transgressors. What do we say? I will create my own moral standard. Friend I submit to you that you could not even keep your own moral stan ...
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