Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 2nd, 2021
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
Canada’s national budget watchdog says expanding and upgrading the country’s long-term care system would come with a hefty price tag. A report published this past August by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates that making things right by ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. That includes more than $8 billion to add 52,000 new long-term care facility beds and ensuring that every resident gets about four hours of direct care per day.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to never sin. All of us have regrets for something we said or did, shame over how we have hurt others — especially those we love the most, guilt over doing something that we know goes against God’s holy standards. The only human being who never had to experience guilt and shame, because He never sinned, was Jesus the Messiah. Paul the apostle says this in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” God had long established the system of animal sacrifice, but the sacrifice of animals didn’t have eternal impact. The sacrifices needed to be repeated because even the nature of the animals had been affected by the sin introduced to the world through Adam and Eve. It would take a perfect, sinless human being to be the once and forever sacrifice, who loved us enough to be willing to lay down His life in order to take on our sin and bear the punishment we deserve. Jesus did this on the Cross. For you.
These have been words from the heart.