3 BIG words: JUSTIFICATION

How do you feel about your past?

Have you ever done anything deliberately wrong?

When was the last time you reacted less than perfectly?

The Bible often uses some big words that many of us won't understand straight away.  One of these is JUSTIFICATION.  It has to do with forgiveness, but it's even better than that!

Christians believe Jesus has saved them from the punishment of sin.  Forgiveness is an important part of this but justification goes further and makes it as if we never did anything wrong in the first place.  Being justified by God means it's JUST-IF-I'D never sinned...

Romans 3:23-24
Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory. The free gift of God’s grace makes us right [or justifies us] with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free.

We thought about it in terms of a swap: Jesus' goodness for our sinfulness.  He got what we deserve so that we might get what he deserved.

Best.  Deal.  Ever.