When asked who left the wet towel on the floor, all three of our kids will stand in the bathroom pointing to each other – each one refusing to take the blame!
The truth is, none of us like to take the blame because we know there are usually consequences that follow. There is a mess to be cleaned up, and none of us (except the clean freaks) enjoy cleaning up the mess.
One of the painful messes I’ve had to clean up every now and then is a speeding fine send in the mail. The other day I got a whopping fine for going 3km over the limit!
No matter how much I justified my actions or complained about how disproportionate the consequence was, I could not avoid the reality that I was to blame. I had to pay.
The same truth applies to our standing before God. We have all ‘fallen short’ of God’s standard of perfect love. The consequence of this mess is separation from God and eternal judgment. And no matter how much we complain about how disproportionate the fine is, the truth is we are each to blame.
But here is where the good news is! Jesus has promised to ‘take the blame’ on our behalf.
Jesus chose to stand in the ‘middle of the bathroom’ and take the blame for our own mess:
You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body.
As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Colossians 1:21-22 (NLT)
This is amazing! He has taken the blame for your mess! He has also promised to present you blameless when you stand before God:
He will keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
1 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV/NLT)
This word, ‘blameless’ speaks of someone who is standing in a court of law enduring great scrutiny and accusation, but is literally ‘unconvictable’.
In other words, because of Jesus, you are unconvictable!
You are blameless!