The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! . John 1:29
I have been blamed for a lot of things, and rightly so. My sin, failure, and incompetence have caused grief, anxiety, and inconvenience for friends and family (and probably even for strangers). I’ve also been blamed for things that were not my fault, things I was powerless to change.
But I have stood on the other side of the fence, hurling accusations at others. If they had just done something different, I tell myself, I would not be in the mess I’m in. Blame hurts. So, whether guilty or not, we waste lots of time and mental energy trying to find someone else to carry it for us.
The Lord Jesus offers us a better way to deal with blame. Even though He was blameless, He took upon Himself the sin of the world and carried it away (John 1:29). We often refer to Jesus as the sacrificial lamb, but He was also the final scapegoat for everything that is wrong with the world (Lev 16:10).
Once we acknowledge our sin and accept Christ’s offer to take it away, we no longer have to carry the weight of our guilt. We can stop looking for someone to blame for what is wrong with us, and we can stop accepting blame from others trying to do the same.
Thanks to the Lord Jesus, we can stop playing the blame game.
Help me, Lord, to be honest when I am at fault and to confess that to You, instead of looking for someone else to blame. Thank You for taking my blame on Yourself. Amen.