January 26, 2021
Daily Reading: Romans 8
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1, ESV)
Condemnation is defined as having “strong disapproval” or “sentencing someone to a particular punishment, especially death.” Growing up, my parents would have strong disapproval for decisions I would make that would eventually lead to a very particular punishment. It was not death for my brother and me, but it was a thick black leather belt that left quite the impression on our hind parts. My parents’ particular choice of condemnation definitely left a lasting impression on my mind, as I would often feel growing up that my parents’ love and acceptance was based on how well I behaved or performed in and outside of the house.
I open up my own scars to you today so that you understand the depth of what Jesus did after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. He went through the ultimate assortment of condemnation: beat with fists, spat upon, a crown of thorns, back whipped to shreds, and crucifixion. Why? Because as Jesus hung on the cross, He took on every single condemnation, past, present, and future, so that He could say, “It is FINISHED!” When Paul writes that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Paul knows within the depth of his heart that Christ Jesus isn’t looking for those who perform for Him in order to feel love and accepted. Rather, Christ Jesus is looking for those who will humble themselves and believe by faith that He was condemned, bruised, and rejected even to the point of death so that we have assurance of how much we are loved by our Heavenly Father.
Humbled by His Obedience, even to the point of death on a cross,
Anthony A. (aka: Beautiful Black Man)