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Free from Shame and Guilt (Hebrews 2:10-18)

February 12, 2013 by Pito

When it comes to glory and grace, our God throws it around all over the place. It is like the waves of the ocean that never stop pounding on the shore. It just keeps coming. God glorified Jesus as our forerunner, our Captain, as the center of our salvation. Because He is our Captain, he tells us what to do and we do it.

He is not ashamed to call us brothers. Because He does not hold his nose at our inability, our depravity, or our sin,  we must not be overcome by the sweat of self-flagellation. Neither must we think our sin so trivial as to need just a little bit of grace.

Jesus was not ashamed of us and neither should we be. The difference between shame and guilt is important. Guilt says I’ve done something wrong. Shame says there is something wrong with me. Guilt says I’ve made a mistake; shame says I am a mistake. With guilt we try to make amends to correct, to heal. With shame, there is just a painful felling of depression, alienation, self-doubt, loneliness, isolation, paranoia, perfectionism, inferiority, failure, helplessness, hopelessness and narcissism.

The feeling of unbearable shame often brings abuse of our bodies in some way to block out the feelings of worthlessness. Where can modern man find a cure for our shame?

As we saw last week, in Christ we have been crowned with glory and honor. This is the opposite of shame. We can be clean in Jesus. All other solutions for shame lead us back to the dirt of death while we live.

We have no shame or fear because on the cross He bore the shame for us. We have no guilt because on the cross He bore the guilt for us.

As we gather on the Lord’s Day, Jesus sees us and sings for joy. Our response should not be mumbling through the psalms and hymns. We have been saved by someone who does not do this.

Christ came to destroy Satan as the accuser, to destroy Satan in his office. Christ came to bring forgiveness. The whole meaning of forgiveness is that we remain God’s children despite the fact that we all do kill Him in our hearts at times.

Christ’s destruction of Satan and his kingdom was a humiliating defeat. He now stands in the midst of the congregation as our High Priest, singing and making melody in His heart over us. We have been freed from guilt and shame because He took it all upon Himself. So let us go walking and leaping and praising God that people will be filled with wonder and amazement at the merciful, healing power of our elder Brother.

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