We can “live in the freedom of total forgiveness with reckless confidence” because Jesus took the righteous judgement we deserve. He said, “My life for yours!” Then, it’s hard to take a really close look at the brutal suffering Jesus went through when we realize he went through it because of our sin. But our comfort in looking so closely is this—knowing that he chose to go through it because of his extravagant love for us!
Next, Jesus had enemies who hated him—Judas, the Roman soldiers, some Jewish leaders. But they aren’t the only ones who hated Jesus, there’s some of that in our hearts. But here’s the wonder of Jesus, he absorbs the punishment for our hatred of him on the cross. Finally, Jesus invites you to bring your most painful questions to him. And he will draw the pain out of us and heal us by asking us some questions.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.