Excuse making is as old as sin. Adam sinned and blamed Eve. Eve sinned and blamed the serpent. And so we blame our culture, the internet, our parents, our kids, our spouse, our work, our hunger, our health, our sleeplessness for our bad attitudes, our sharp words, our disobedience to Christ, our failure to grow in holiness and joy.
But the message of the gospel collides with all of this. The central way it does this is by Christ taking responsibility for all of us. He came into a world full of sin that He didn’t commit in order to take it all on His shoulders to the cross. The guilt, the shame, the condemnation – He took it all for us. But if you understand this good news rightly, you have to understand that He took it for us so that we might not have any excuses.