Free from the fear of punishment…

God’s punitive anger, because it was turned against Jesus on the cross, will never be turned against you. Before he breathed his last, Jesus cried out, “It is finished”—tetelesthai—an accounting term meaning “Paid in Full.” If your trust is anchored in Jesus, you never need to fear his frown. God has no anger left for you. Unburden yourself, because God has already unburdened you by absorbing your burden on the cross! The death you should have died, Jesus died instead so you wouldn’t have to. There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1-2). Because Jesus said, “Father, let shame fall on me so that shame would never fall on them,” you can rest easy. Because of the cross, your day of reckoning has been moved from the future to the past.

That’s right. Your judgment day has already happened.

Yes, it’s true. It really is.

What could be better?

~ Scott Sauls

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