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‘Hello Saint Peter my name is Barabbas. May I enter into Heaven?’ Saint Peter, ‘Stay here. Someone wants to speak to you first.’ Then Jesus appears. The man Barabbas traded his freedom with was Jesus. To realize that you have sinned all your life and then to be in His presence at death must be an overwhelming experience. Anyone surely would be overcome with guilt, sorrow and fear, right?Advertisement
Do you fear judgement for your sins after you die? Can you really stop sinning? In Revelation 5:2, John tells us he openly wept because no man was worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. There have been many saintly people in history and yet none of them was worthy. The lesson there is that you will never overcome sin or be perfect. God knows what sins we will commit, when and how often even before we are born.
Jesus adopted the sins of the world throughout all time so we might have a chance to get to Heaven. That is the love of God. We think our greatest challenge is to not sin. Our priority is to believe and trust in God. Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord, God with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.’
Why is it so hard to trust God? Because we don’t like to suffer through hard times? Sometimes it’s difficult to know which path to take in a situation. To trust in God, you must completely surrender your ideas and desires. It is through our struggles and our trust in God that our love and relationship with Him strengthens and grows.