Matthew 27:1-10

Matthew 27:1-10

Do you know what this Word is about? You know what Jesus is about? Loving you. Forgiving you. Making you right with Him, no matter what it is that you've done. One of the hardest things in life for us to accomplish is to see the reality and the truth of life around us: who we are and Who God is, what God expects of us, what God desires from us, what God would like to do through us. We build for ourself the life that we live in, and every now and again God’s Word, His truth, will infringe upon our life and ask us to change. Tries to tell us the reality, tries to tell us the truth, and we don’t like to hear it. We would like to believe that the truth of our life is that we’re all strong men and women of God, capable of marching forward and seeing the vast majority of people around us saved. That’s what we would like to see… But sometimes I think that we make the bold proclamation, and then we hide behind our door in our comfortable home…

You know, there are a lot of things that we do in life that we end up regretting, and it brings us to a point of remorse, it brings us to a point of bitterness inside, it brings us to a point where we only want a way out… This is really what it does boil down to: a matter of responsibility. How many times have we sinned against God and tried to make it somebody else’s fault? “Oh, if my mom had just treated me better when I was growing up, I wouldn’t be like this today. If my dad hadn’t beat me when I was a child, I wouldn’t be like this today. If that guy hadn’t stopped in front of me, I wouldn’t have smashed into the back of his car.” (Heaven forbid, had I kept enough distance, and had been driving slower, I wouldn’t have smashed into the back of his car.) We want to make it somebody else’s fault. We want to blame others for our faults…

And I have to ask the question, have we missed the significance of Who Jesus is and what Jesus was doing? We play church sometimes, we play Christian sometimes, but how many of us actually have understood that, when we receive Jesus in, we took into ourself His body and His blood, we took onto ourself the cleansing of our sin by His blood, and that His life, His precious life, His innocent life, was given and I became, like Judas, responsible for His death. Have you ever thought of that? That you, like Judas, have responsibility in the death of Jesus. Now, you may not have taken thirty silver coins, but one day you were old enough to realize right from wrong, and you chose to do the wrong. And that day that you chose to do the wrong, you took upon yourself the responsibility of sin, and every day after that, everything you did that God calls sin made you all the more responsible for what Jesus had to do in shedding His blood and seeing His body broken. I, too, have sinned. I have betrayed innocent blood, and every day that I sin now, especially with the knowledge that I have, I betray that innocent blood all over again. And like Judas, I can be remorseful, and like Judas, I can confess my sin, and I can try to make it right by trying to undo the sin, but let me tell you something about sin. Once it’s done, it can’t be undone. It can only be forgiven or not, and the only true forgiveness comes from the One Who shed His blood for us. So that means we have to approach Jesus…

I think this is where most of us fall short even today. We have God’s Word in abundance, and we’ve studied it, and we’ve heard it many times over, but we don’t take the step of allowing it to sink in and convict us of those things that we are continually doing that are wrong. God isn’t asking us to take our life because we’ve sinned against Him. On the contrary, He’s asking us to come to Him so we can have life because we’ve sinned against Him. He knows that we can not deal with the sin issues ourselves…

[Do] you know what this Word is about? You know what Jesus is about? Loving you. Forgiving you. Making you right with Him, no matter what it is that you’ve done… He wanted men to understand, He made it clear, He was about loving and forgiving, putting men back on their feet, not allowing them to continue to suffer because of the issues of sin…

We have His Word. Most of us have heard His Word many times. It is about coming to the place of understanding and receiving Who Jesus is and what Jesus did. What He did is forgive us and love us and has tried to make us right with Him to bring us into a place where we will spend all eternity with Him. It’s not about what we can do for Him. It’s not about how strong we are or how clever we are. It’s not about how we can make up for the sin… But it is about receiving what He taught, and what He taught was to understand that His blood is what makes us clean.

Pastor Dave Elkins