Good News: The Judgment
Preface: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB).
The only person who has never sinned is Jesus. That’s why we need His forgiveness. Thinking of sinning has to be a worrying feeling because it sets us apart from God. But He is true and faithful to forgive our sins if we repent and forsake them.
“Three thousand years ago there lived a great man who served a great nation under a great God. Yet David, the great man of God, committed a series of terrible sins that led to terrible consequences.”*
What about the consequences of my deeds, of yours, and of ours? Do you think that you hurt somebody with them? We have to spend more time thinking about this. David realized that he had sinned against God. He felt great shame. Then came Nathan, the prophet. When he made David realize his sin, David fell down upon his knees and shouted: “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13, NIV). Then came something more important. After he had confessed his guilt, he bowed down and prayed.
We can read many prayers among the psalms, many of them written by David. These psalms of penitence show us what he felt when the Holy Spirit touched his heart. We can still hear that crying voice when we read Psalm 32. David says that because of his feelings of guilt, he groaned all day. Do you ever feel like this? Do you think that something makes you cry all day? What about praying? Try it! We have a God who is listening to our prayers, and He is the only One who can forgive us our sins.
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit!” (Ps. 32:1, 2, NIV). We can be blessed in this way. If you feel that you have sinned against God, just pray and tell Him what you feel. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV).
* Charles R. Swindoll, David: a Man of Passion and Destiny (Dallas: Swindoll Pub., 1997), pp.195, 198.