By Kevin Linthicum
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. Acts 3:15 (NIV)
As I was reading today, I was reminded of the magnitude of my sin. My attention was focused on the fact it was my sin that led to the crucifixion of Christ. Peter tells us point blank that we killed the Author of Life. That is right your sin and my sin contributed to the death of Christ. We spend most of our lives blaming others for the consequences of decisions that we make. In this case the blame can be placed only on you and on me. We killed the Author of Life. I want you to take a few moments and let that fact penetrate deep into your soul. Jesus was beaten and mocked; He bled and died to pay the penalty for your sin and for mine. The good news today is “God raised him from the dead.”
Peter also talks about the term repent. Greg Laurie in his book, Making God Known stated this “remorse is being sorry, repentance is being sorry enough to stop”. When we consider the suffering, love, and compassion Christ has for us, and we weigh that against the fact that we killed the Author of Life. We can and should be moved to the point of repentance.
Have you repented from your sins, or are you merely sorry for your sins? I want to remind each of you today it was our sins that killed the Author of Life, and it was His love that saved us from the penalty of our sins.
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