July 25, 2016 Passing the Buck

25 Jul

Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 40-42, Acts 27:1-26

Passing the buck has become a national pastime (in my opinion). Generally speaking, people seem to be less likely than ever before to accept responsibility for their actions. I’m not talking about people who have been given a bad deal or those who are truly in need. I’m thinking of everyone in the world who is UN-willing to stand up for what is right. Are we becoming a nation where anything goes? And who benefits?

But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11 If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.” Acts 25:9-12 (ESV)

Passing the buck is nothing new. We’ve all done it. When something goes wrong, we look for a place to place the blame. We pass the buck.

Adam blamed Eve.

The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 (NIV)

Eve blamed the serpent.

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:13 (NIV)

After Cain killed his brother Abel, Cain passed the buck.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 (NIV)

Blaming, making excuses, and passing the buck has become the national pastime from the man on the street to those we vote into office to lead us at the highest levels. It is the very fiber of our being to try to escape being found out.

UNTIL along comes Jesus Christ, pure, unblemished, Mary’s little lamb. He never sinned, not even once. Never lied. Never made a excuse. What did He get for His sinless life? Our sins, our guilt and our shame.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV)

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10 (NIV)

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)

He was charged with our guilt so we could be declared innocent in Jesus’ name.

The BUCK stopped at the cross. Thank GOD our Father! Thank YOU LORD Jesus!

Forgive us, Father for our unwillingness to accept responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. Forgive us when we want to pass the buck for our evil thoughts, unkind and careless words, and deeds done from our own selfish desires. We know we are not worthy of the gift of forgiveness that is ours by the suffering and death of Christ Jesus. BUT we give You thanks and praise that You have pardoned our sin for Jesus’ sake and have given us His righteousness. We don’t need to pass the buck any longer. We need only to confess our sins and believe. WE thank you that the buck stopped at the cross of Jesus Christ—that is a message we need to pass along so that others may hear, believe and be saved in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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