“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Even though he didn’t sin, Jesus felt shame when he took ours upon himself and was accused, beaten, and hung naked on a cross to die. He endured our shame to save us from the state of decay sown by our earthly parents Adam and Eve, whose disobedience brought spiritual death.
The fruit they ate didn’t magically fill them with the ‘knowledge of good and evil.’ It was their sin (disobedience against God) that produced their guilt; and guilt produces shame.
So shame entered the world through them.
But, because of Jesus: all things will be made right for those who believe in Him. Our bodies will be made new and there will be no more shame, pain, or decay.
The bible tells us that “The first man, Adam, became a living person…” But, because of Jesus: “…the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).
“The body that is sown is perishable…” But, because of Jesus: “It is raised imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:42)
“It is sown in dishonor (or shame)…” But, because of Jesus: “It is raised in glory.”
“It is sown in weakness…” But, because of Jesus: “It is raised in power” (15:43).
“It is sown a natural body…” But, because of Jesus: “It is raised to a spiritual body (15:44).
With great compassion He took our shame to the cross; crucified it with Himself; and died and rose again to free us from shame – now and forever.
All this was done because He loves us.
But, because of Jesus: shame is finished.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
But, because of Jesus: It is finished.
- Do I believe Jesus died on the cross to free me from guilt, sin, and shame? Why or why not?
- Do I believe God loves me despite my shame? Why or why not?