Shameless

John 8:41b (KJV) ...Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 

Since birth, Christ was accused of being a "son of fornication," by the ultra-religious (and legalistic) sect, the Pharisees. They claimed that his mother and father had sex before their marriage, at best, and that his mother was a harlot, at worst. Jesus, and his family, lived with this stigma all their lives.

The Savior did not carry any shame, however. He was shameless. And He was thus because He was sinless. Christ didn't allow taunts to absorb into His psyche. God was His father. Nothing any man could say would harm Him.

Matthew 1:18-21 (KJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Because Jesus was born to save us from sin, we are free from its bondage. All we have to do is claim it. And that is where the trick lies. So many of us, me included, carry shame and other ugly weights around like old friends. They are not.

Trust Christ. Not shame.
Trust Christ. Not regret.
Trust Christ. Not sin.

Because He lives.

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Notable Quote:

"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway."--Mary C. Crowley
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