I will remember my song in the night—Psalm 77:6
I don’t claim to have visions, but I’m a visual learner. Maybe that’s why God put some very descriptive pictures and words in my mind in the wee hours of the morning many years ago. It wasn’t a dream. I was fully awake and aware of two scenes that unfolded before me.
I found myself in the first scene, among a large crowd in Jerusalem where Jesus stood before Pilate. I could hear the mob shouting. “Crucify him! Crucify him! Give us Barabbas and crucify Jesus! I was horrified and ashamed to hear myself shouting along with the rest of the crowd…. knowing had I been there I would have been just as guilty of wanting the savior crucified.
“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.” Those gracious words flooded my waiting heart, followed quickly by the next scene.
A woman caught in adultery lay on the ground, fearful of the religious crowd who were about to stone her. I felt her shame as though it was my own. I cried out, “Lord, that could have been me.”
Once again I heard the same words….“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.” What followed was like a symphony of beautiful music to my listening ears….like a healing balm over my heart and soul….replacing the burden I had felt for months with a new found joy that’s hard to explain.
The following Sunday morning I heard those words a third time. In the midst of his sermon, my pastor turned from the pulpit—pretended to hammer a nail into the wall behind him and shared the words that had now taken root in my heart….“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.”
If you struggle with feelings of guilt or shame over something from your past, dare to embrace Jesus and believe this good news….
“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).
Prayer: Father in heaven, how can we ever thank you enough for nailing our sins to the Cross of Calvary. I pray for the one who struggles to be free of the feelings of guilt and shame. May we all continue to find sweet release and forgiveness at the foot of the cross. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.