If you made a lot of mistakes in life and would like to improve, you have come to the right place.
I want to present you with an idea that can change your story forever.
To do so, I ask you to allow me to take you to a short passage from the Bible.
From it we will reflect on what needs to be done.
"My dear children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin.
But, if anyone sins, we have before the Father an intercessor, Jesus Christ, the Just One.
He is the sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, and not only for ours, but for those of the whole world."
1 Juan 2:1-2
Dear reader, the Bible often calls the mistakes we make, by which we cause harm to ourselves and/or others, as sins.
We make these mistakes because we do not live in harmony with God's will.
He has lovingly placed before us the possibility of choosing for ourselves where to direct the course of our history.
He has given us loving counsel and taught us the right way.
However, human beings, instead of choosing life, have chosen death.
We have chosen to direct our lives in ways that run counter to God's counsel.
Therefore, we go through life against his will.
Stumbling, mistreating and hurting others.
In the vast majority of cases, the situation of the human being far from God is a growing pile of sad and poor decisions, which hurt us and those around us indefinitely.
That situation separates us from God.
He makes us run away from Him because we think we don't deserve His help or love.
Perhaps because we assume That He is looking for us to punish or destroy us.
But it's not like that.
The first step to improving your situation and leaving behind the many mistakes you have made in life is to understand that you need God.
That you are in a situation that you cannot solve yourself.
The root of that situation is sin.
The apostle John, in this short passage, presents us with the solution to our situation.
It shows us how we can start over, leaving behind our past mistakes.
The image that John uses to present how God decided to help mankind, which was completely separated from Him by their sins, was using the idea of a sacrificial lamb.
In ancient times, when Jesus had not come to earth; God had asked the people of Israel for a very particular ritual.
The sacrifices of atonement.
An innocent lamb died instead of a deliberately sinful human being.
This happened to impress this person's mind, confronting him with the real consequence of his wrong decisions and actions.
Confront her with the consequences of her sin.
It also happened because it was the representation that one day someone was going to take the place of that lamb once and for all.
It was a prefigure of Christ Jesus.
The eternal consequences of mankind's sin were to be borne by someone perfect rather than humanity itself, so that we could be reconciled to God.
Try to imagine with me the scene of tenderness that means taking a small, beautiful and soft white lamb in your hands and caressing its soft skin.
Listening to him bleat.
Who, like me, likes animals, would perhaps gladly embrace him and enjoy the beauty of an innocent being like these.
Now, imagine with me that you tie that little animal hand and foot, put it on an altar, and with your own hands disgorge it.
You disgorge him because you must understand the terrible consequences of the sins you commit.
Face the stupor of death that causes those sins.
You must see it with your own eyes and experience it with your own hands to perhaps understand that this lamb should have been you.
In order perhaps to understand the consequences of your sin and in coherence with that reality, try to live in harmony with God's will.
This is what the apostle John is describing.
He is saying that you and I should have taken the place of that lamb by paying with eternal death for the consequences of our actions.
However, that God Himself took your place and mine and suffered the humiliation and death that were our own.
The Lord Jesus, God being made flesh, was that innocent, beautiful lamb who died in your place.
What the apostle John is saying is:
"Mwill the horror of sin, the stupor of eternal death in the eyes!
Look at what Jesus your savior, God Himself, suffered in your place out of love for you. Look at it and understand the consequence of your actions and please understand that you do not need to continue on the path you are going."
You don't need to be a slave to sin anymore!
You don't need to be a slave to the same mistakes and mistakes.
Jesus has already overcome!
By the power of the Holy Spirit, you no longer have to be a slave to your past, as you have been.
Now you can be free, you can choose, not sin.
Don't enslave yourself!
See also how wonderful the Lord is, how much He loves you.
How much he loves us that, even so, sinners, profane as we have become, accepts us and intercedes for us.
Because it says that if anyone sins, and refers to doing it voluntarily and deliberately.
If anyone does!
The Lord Jesus is immediately interceding for him before the Father.
Even before you repent of your sin, Jesus is already saying, "Father, I died for him, help him, give him another chance."
The verse does not say, if anyone sins and repents, then he has before the Father an intercessor, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
He is saying:
Before you repent, Jesus intercedes for you. Get back up again!
As I write these lines a Christian song plays that says, as if God speaks, "You are not so bad to lose my love."
There is no place where we fall so low from which God cannot rescue us.
Maybe you've made the worst mistakes and now you've turned your life into a mess.
There is still hope for you if you accept Jesus as your savior.
If you accept God's gift of love in Christ Jesus: eternal life instead of the death and eternal damnation you deserve.
The solution to all the mistakes of your past lies in one person. In Jesus.
The apostle says:
"He is the sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, and not only for ours but for those of the whole world."
The Lord Jesus died not only for faithful, immaculate saints.
The Lord Jesus died for all mankind!
Even by the atheists who mock Him.
Even by the murderers, even by child rapists, as absurd as it may seem.
The Lord Jesus died for those who commit the most heinous and horrible crimes.
He died for those in the Middle East who disgorge Christians.
So that they could at some point raise their heads and see the cross.
The universal spectacle of his love.
Confronted with the gravity of their vileness and the infinity of God's love, moved to repentance, they will renounce sin and accept their savior.
Jesus died so that all of us would have freedom from the sin that dominated us and could enjoy the victory He won on our behalf, in our place.
He is the sacrifice
But if you ever freckle, as you surely will, get up!
He was already interceding for you, turn to Him!
Listen to this beautiful song.
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