God Is Greater Than My Ignorance
And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out. — Acts 3:17-19
Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and sometimes it's not. For example, you are culpable for your disobedient act when you know the law and intentionally disregard it. That is not an act of ignorance. Yet even when you act in ignorance and are made aware of the law you disregarded, this doesn't mean your act didn't affect someone. When we are made aware of our disobedient acts, we should embrace guilt, seek forgiveness, and change course in the future.
In this situation in Acts, Peter knows that many who heard of Jesus and even were an immediate part of his crucifixion acted ignorantly. But he is not going to let them off the hook. He wants them to know their crime, turn back, and change course. And why does Peter do this? He does it purely for their benefit — that these ignorant sins may be blotted out.
As a matter of historical religious significance, there was one time each year that the High Priest would offer sacrifices for the known and unknown sins of the people so that they might be in right standing with God. This national gathering was called the Day of Atonement. Each year, it was the one time that the High Priest would enter the innermost part of the Temple, located immediately behind where Peter was preaching. In this innermost part, called the Holy of Holies, the High Priest would offer a sacrifice for all known and unknown sins. Since the crucifixion of Jesus, there has been no need for this annual sacrifice as Jesus becomes this sacrifice. He is the one and permanent sacrifice for all known and unknown sins. Jesus's sinless life and blood became the payment for our sin so that we might be in right standing before God.
And hear this because this is the good news. God demonstrates for us in this that he is greater than all our sins. He is even greater than the ignorance of our sins. And in our ignorance, he paid the greatest price for us to be in right standing with him. All he wants from us in return is recognition of our disobedience by the act of repentance. He wants us to turn back from our sinful ways.
ASK THIS: Have you ever asked God to show you your ignorant sin?
DO THIS: Ask God to show you the sins you do not know. And then turn back once you do this type "DONE" in the comments below.
PRAY THIS: God, show me my ignorant sins so I might turn back.
PLAY THIS: Jesus, Friend of Sinners — Casting Crowns.
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