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Have you ever felt guilty? You’re not alone. Most of us feel guilty sometimes and it just shows we have a conscience that reminds us when we have done something wrong.
When others point out our mistakes. We try to justify ourselves that we haven’t done anything wrong. That seldom works. Other times when we know we have done something wrong we try to do good in order to remove the guilt, but that just postpones the guilt feelings which return twofold.
We try to ease our consciences by reminding ourselves that we are moral people and it kind of helps if we compare ourselves with others especially evil people . Have you ever compared yourself with a moral code such as the Ten Commandments? But if we look closely at these commandments we’re likely to see we’ve failed to keep them and it makes us feel guiltier.
When we read, “Don’t steal,” most of us agree that we’re not thieves. But have we never stolen anything? Even something small? And what about lying? Is that not withholding (stealing) the truth from someone? Have you ever explained yourself, omitting certain details and exaggerating others, so as to get an advantage? That is lying and theft.
And consider the last commandment,” Don’t Covet.” We constantly covet. We want the new IPhone that a co-worker has, a second car like our neighbor drives, a promotion at work which was given to someone else. This commandment is broken daily.
The centerpiece of Judaism, the Shema Israel, includes the commandment to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and might,” but anyone who is comfortable being honest with himself realizes he violates this commandment every moment.
Each sin is being recorded before the creator and on the Day of Judgment, we will be guilty, guilty before an absolutely holy and righteous God. The prophet Isaiah, writing 2700 years ago, confessed “All we like sheep have gone astray; each has turned to his own way.” We are guilty and deserving of judgment!
Happily Isaiah reminds us in that same verse “And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” God has provided a perfectly righteous sacrifice for our transgression.
Who is that “him” who has received the punishment for sin? Who has paid the price for sin, relieving me of my guilt? And through whom I can be forgiven of all my sins
Isaiah tells us much about “him” in that same passage, Isaiah 53 and how through his labors there is a true atonement for sins.