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The Vilest Offender

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1 John 2:2 Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And he is the way all people can have their sins taken away too.

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The Vilest Offender

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Hypothetical; a murderer on death row is about to be executed. In those last hours, he realises his wrong and turns to Jesus. Remember, he’s a murderer. Question: Is he in, or not?

So if you were God, what standard would you set for entry into heaven? Absolute perfection, an excellent life, good, satisfactory? How high would you set the bar?

My hunch is that most of us would go for about a 6 or 7 out of ten; someone who’s basically led a good life – yeah, they’re in … but from the really rude, objectionable, selfish people right down to the criminals – absolutely not!!

That’s probably how most people would set the standard for entry into heaven. It may surprise you to know however that God’s reality is very different, because His standard for an eternal life with Him in heaven is absolute perfection.

But hang on, no one’s perfect! which is why He sent His Son Jesus to pay for our imperfection, our “sin” as He calls it.

On that day, when you and I stand before God, the standard will be perfection. And He’ll ask us just one question – While you were living your life on earth, did you place your trust in my Son?

And that’s true for the really nice people down to the worst of all criminals. The old hymn “To God be the Glory” puts it this way:

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Bottom line? It’s about trusting in the sacrifice that Jesus made for you on that cross, not in your own good works. Remember …

The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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