I have learned the hard way that airline regulations are one of those unbendable things in life. It all began when I packed all my groovy vacation clothes, my downsized bathroom items and my abundance of shoes into my favorite roller suitcase only to step up to the airline’s scales and find out my bag was overweight. Not fun. So to lighten my load, I look in my bag to decide what to cram in my carryon bag, what to wear on my body or what to leave in the airport. When your load’s too heavy, it’s hard to know what to leave behind.
The good news is that when Jesus was packing up sins to carry on the cross, He didn’t leave any behind. There were no regulations telling Jesus to put some sins back. As a matter of fact, His Father required He take them all. Just think of how many sins Jesus had to carry on to the cross. He looked down at the sins of the people nailing him to the cross and took their sins onto His load. Then he added all the sins He saw down the road like the sins of the inquisition, the holocaust and the sins I’ll commit next week. With one giant swoop he loaded up all the sins of the world and went up on the cross to die for each and every sin. Jesus is a great packer. He didn’t miss a single sin.
And yet, too often we think He did. Sometimes we think that hideous thing we saw on the news is too big a sin to have fit in Jesus’ load. Or maybe Jesus forgot that sin someone did to you that hurts so much you know Jesus couldn’t forgive it. And then there’s the sin you did that is so filled with shame that you think Jesus wouldn’t even want to forgive that one. But He did. Jesus carried every sin onto the cross.
Romans 5:8 tells us that “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus knew our sins before He got on the cross. That’s why He went. Jesus died on the cross for the sins you have done and the sins you will do.
Don’t slip into believing Jesus didn’t get the whole job done. Don’t think “If Jesus could see this sin, He would turn away from me” Or “ Surely for as long as they have been sinning, Jesus is done with them. “ Or “If Jesus loves me, he won’t forgive them.” Jesus died for all the sins of the world, even the ones you don’t understand. As humans there may be sins we think are unforgivable but other than not believing in Christ, Jesus has forgiven everything.
Don’t carry around the worry of thinking that Jesus missed a sin when He went on the cross. Nothing was left behind. He followed His Dad’s regulations to a “t” and didn’t miss any sins. Not a single one.