Jesus points to guilt as a weight the religious leaders forced people to carry by making a relationship with God all about the rules.
Matthew 23:4 “They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders.”
Fans who follow the rules instead of following Jesus find that they are weighed down with guilt.
Every time they come to church they find that the preacher has another weight to add to the bar.
The keyword for fear and guilt is ‘do.’
We try to do enough to make up for our mistakes and earn God’s favor.
Instead of following Christ we are determined to make our own way.
They keyword for grace is ‘done.’
Our punishment was taken by Christ. He has made a way where there was no way so we live with freedom and an appreciation for what has been done.
Fans are all about the ‘do’ but followers are all about the ‘done.’
Fans of Jesus sooner or later find themselves exhausted.
Fans grow tired of trying to maintain an outer appearance that doesn't match an inner passion.
They find themselves weary of trying to keep all the rules in hopes of somehow earning God’s favor.
It’s not about guilt, it’s about grace. It’s not about doing, it’s about done.
Despite the mistakes that you have made, you can find redemption in reconciliation in the cross of Jesus Christ!
Church is a hospital for the broken, but we make it seem like a museum for the perfect.
This certainly does not give an excuse to trample over Grace, once we experience grace it always leads to a life of obedience!