Your Punishment is Removed

August 11, 2021

17 The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will be quiet in his love. He will delight in you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Written by Dr. Brad Hicks from the Brentwood Campus

Guilt and fear of punishment cause terrible stress in our minds. When we feel guilty, it strikes at the core of our being. It can lead to serious emotional and physical illness. Guilt causes us to fear God because of our wrongdoing.

A good friend of mine was near death because of a serious illness. Her family summoned me to the hospital to speak with her about her relationship with God. This very good woman feared she might have displeased God and put her prospect of going to heaven in jeopardy. I assured her that she need not fear, because she had expressed her personal faith in Jesus as her Savior.

I went on to share with her that Jesus was God who came in the flesh, lived a perfect life, and gave His perfect life so that she might receive eternal life. I told her Jesus said that if we live and believe on Him, we will never die (John 11:26). I assured her that Jesus had taken all of her sins upon Himself on the cross when He died. He caused a God-planned exchange to take place. He exchanged His perfect life for her sin-filled life. God charged all of her sins to Jesus, and He credited His perfect life to her.

When we receive Him into our lives by faith, that transaction becomes a reality in our own lives, and we are saved. Nothing more is required to enter heaven. In Zephaniah 3, God gave His people some wonderful news. He said He had taken away their punishment. He has done the same thing for those of us who trust in His Son.

God’s holy amnesia works. As He said to Israel in the Old Testament: “The Lord has removed your punishment; he has turned back your enemy…The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will be quiet in his love. He will delight in you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:15, 17 CSB).

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Have you accepted Jesus’ offer to save you from your sin?
  2. Will you pray and ask for Jesus’ assurance of your forgiveness today?

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