Yesterday I preached on the issue of Shame. I used three particular passages. In Genesis 3 we see where Shame entered the world and how humans were cast out of the Garden to live a life of shame and disgrace. In Leviticus 16 we see where Shame is dealt with in regard to the Scapegoat, who is cast out into the wilderness, just like Adam and Eve. Yet, this scapegoat is not enough for us. In Isaiah 53 we see Jesus who became the Divine Scapegoat. He was cast out that we may be brought in. The Only Legitimate ShameGiver became the Only legitimate ShameBearer.
During the sermon, my daughter, Callie, drew the picture to the left that emphasizes in big letters “SHAME.” Then above the word SHAME is the phrase “He Will Give…” and underneath is the phrase “He Will Bear…” I thought it was pretty cool.
In this sermon I talk about the incredible power of Shame. I talk at length about the story of Bill Buckner, former first baseman for the Boston Red Sox. At the greatest moment of his career, when everything was on the line, Bill Buckner failed to do what he had done a million times before – field a slow roller to first base. We are all Bill Buckners. Not only do we fail in our obvious weaknesses, but we also are headed for failure, even in our greatest areas of strength. This is why people need the saving power of Jesus Christ. Not only does He save us from our sins and our obvious weaknesses, but He also rescues us from our supposed strengths. Not only does the cross cover our guilt, but it also dramatically and powerfully covers our shame. Glory to Christ!