Forgiveness Offered by Stephen Whitney

Forgiveness Offered
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 26:26-29

Timothy McVeigh was a sympathizer with the militia movement, who sought revenge against the federal government for the Siege at Waco, Texas against the religious group called Branch Davidians which had ended in the deaths of 76 people in 1993.

Two years later on April 19, 1995 he bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 800. It was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In 1997 he was convicted of the bombing and killing 168 people. During the trial one of McVeigh's old army friends testified in court and made a revealing observation about human nature.
According to Jo Thomas in the New York Times, the friend said,
"I'd known Tim for quite a while. If you don't consider what happened in Oklahoma, Tim is a good person."

Most of us have a similar view of ourselves as we consider the prospect of standing before the Judge of all the earth someday.
We probably have not killed someone, but we can downplay our sins and judge ourselves by what we have done right instead of
the sins which we have committed against God.

The problem is that any sin makes us guilty before God and therefore deserving of punishment which is death. God does
not overlook any sin because all sin must be punished.

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Everyone has broken the law of God and is therefore guilty of sin.

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
While the punishment for sin is death, we can receive life if we believe that Jesus died in our place so we could be forgiven.

It was April 2, 33 AD and the disciples along with Jesus were celebrating the annual Passover meal together as they remembered that their forefathers had been delivered from slavery in Egypt some 1500 ...

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