"God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement...He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished."
Do you remember the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China? There were hundreds of thousands of students in the square protesting for democracy. But it quickly ended when China’s army fired on the unarmed demonstrators. The events of this tragic day have not been forgotten in the West.
And yet there is an entire generation in China that does not know it happened. Though the nation has opened dramatically since the massacre, the communist government does not want anyone to remember that hundreds of their own people were killed, thousands imprisoned.
It feels unjust to see sin go without penalty. How can God be holy and still let someone go unpunished for their sins? Paul explains in Romans that Jesus came in the form of man, kept the law, and paid the price for sin on the cross for us. Because of Him, God the Father can be both “just and the one who justifies”(v 26). By faith, through God’s grace, a Christian is made right and forgiven apart from any works (v 24). That’s something you don’t ever want to forget!
We too often forget the great things Jesus has done for us. Repent daily by turning back to Jesus. He's always gracious and forgiving.