Praise God that He has not withdrawn His offer of forgiveness for sin! This good news, however, is for sinners only. Many people, though, dont see themselves as sinners in need of salvation. They make excuses like these:
- My good deeds outweigh my bad.
- Im not as bad as some people.
- Usually Im a good person.
Their shortcomings, they feel, dont jeopardize their standing before Almighty God.
Imagine a citizen being brought to trial for several charges of shoplifting. It would be useless for that person to appeal to the judge by saying: “Dont forget, my good deeds outweigh my bad.” “Im not as bad as many others.” “Most of the time Im a law-abiding citizen.” The offender must be judged according to the offense, not according to previous good deeds. If justice is to be done, someone must pay, and that someone should be the offenderunless another is allowed to bear the penalty instead. Thats exactly what Christ in love did for sinners, which we all are, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).