Scripture:   Romans (NIV) 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 

Observation:   Christ is just.  He is perfect in his intent and actions.  He only does what is right!  He is just AND He is so much more.  His sacrifice is of such great value that it is more than sufficient to pay the penalty for all my sins!  So when I receive by faith that sacrifice as the payment for my sins, I am justified!!!  He is just and He justifies me!   He makes me just-as-if-I’d never sinned!   

Application:  How the Creator of the Universe would love me to such a degree is beyond my comprehension.  But He does!!!  Although I do not understand it, I believe it is true!  Believing that his death is sufficient as payment for my sins, confessing my sins to Him, thanking Him for His forgiveness results in becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus!  It is amazing!  

Prayer:   Lord, How can I say thanks for all you have done for me!    Amen 

Pastor Leon
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