Battling the bully of guilt – Revelation 12:10

One of the blessings we have in living in the Kingdom of God is that the one who would accuse us before God is cast down.  He has no place before the Almighty.  When Jesus established His kingdom, He cast Satan down.

But guilt still plagues us.  It would rob us just as it did Little Faith in Pilgrim’s Progress.  We must stand up to guilt in the strength of Christ and not allow it to rob us of what we’ve been given.  Tonight I want us to see how guilt operates and how we are called to fight it.

Guilt is quite similar to condemnation.  It is determined by what we have done.  If you committed a crime, you stand guilty.  God’s word says we all stand guilty before God – Rom. 3:19.  Men know that have offended God’s holy laws.  The guilt is there and they must do something about it.  The ancients made a practice of placing the guilt on someone in society.  This is clearly documented in the books by French philosopher Rene Girard.  There would be regular sacrifices to appease the guilt of the people.

God gave Moses sacrifices as a picture of what He was doing with their guilt.  He gave a scapegoat who would bear the sins of the people.  Before the “scapegoat” in other societies was a person; now it would be an animal.  The final scapegoat would be Jesus who would bear the sins of God’s people.

Jesus is our guilt-bearer.  (more…)