Today is the last day of Lent, and the last of the 4 things that only Jesus can provide for us. As mentioned, these 4 themes are presented in Tim Timmons book Jesus Plus Nothing, a fascinating read. The forth theme is grace that counteracts shame. What is shame really, and why does it need to be counteracted? Shame is one of the most cunning tools of the Enemy because it communicates, “I am bad.” This belief leads to isolation and going underground with the deepest parts of ourselves.
Shame is the primary internal reactions to addiction. Shame, this feeling of “I am bad,” is one of the primary reasons for the Cross. When you hear a person say, “Shame on you”, it is not a true statement. All shame is actually on Jesus! He took all of our guilt and all of our shame (past, present and future) and put it on himself. Through the Cross we are offered grace. We deserve to remain in our shame, but through His grace we are set free from the law of sin and death! (Rms 8:2) The big question on Holy Saturday is DO WE BELIEVE THIS! Whether we choose to believe it or not, this is the reality. Back up one verse, “There is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (v.1)
So where does this leave us as we prepare for the Ressurection of Jesus tomorrow morning? You and I are set free from any and all addictions, both know and not fully yet know to us!!! Death has no dominion over us. Shame is non-existent in the Spiritual realm. If we will allow the Cross of Christ to cleanse us from all shame, and choose to rise with Jesus tomorrow morning, we will experience freedom in a new way. The offer is there. He is our Savior and our God!
“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Ex 15:2)