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Today is Good Friday. I think it is easy for us to think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on the cross for the sins of the world and leave it at that. When we think His death was because of the sins of the world, we distance ourself from it. He did die for the forgiveness of the sins of the world, but He also died because of MY sins.
We do everything we can to justify, rationalize or minimize our sins in our own minds and the minds of others. In doing so, we minimize the ultimate sacrifice Jesus had to pay for us. In the eyes of Jesus, sin is sin, there are no “little” or “big” sins; only sin. The consequences of the sin may vary greatly, but all sin is sin.
I attended a Maundy Thursday service last night which included a dramatization of the last supper where several of the disciples talked about their sin. It really hit home for me how much I am like the disciples. I am impulsive like Peter and rush ahead with my plans, rather than waiting on the Lord’s. I have wanted to be number one like James and John. I have fallen asleep during my prayer time the way Peter, James and John did in the garden of Gethsemane.
Today spend sometime allowing yourself to reflect on your sin. Imagine Jesus not just dying on the cross for the sins of the world, but the things you have said and done. It will be a humbling experience and help you personalize the sacrifice Jesus made on your behalf. Remember, He died for My sins and He died for Your sins.