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The Scapegoat

“Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21

There are times in parenting we have had to say no to our children knowing they would be upset or mad at us. For me this has always been hard because I treasure my happy children. I have been so thankful my hubby isn’t like that and can shoulder the temporary anger from them. Because of this, many times, he has said, “Go ahead and tell them it was because I said no and let them be mad at me not you.”

My husband is willing to be the scapegoat and take all the blame to keep my feelings protected and to keep my relationship strong with our kids. I have had to be the bad guy too and they have been upset with me, but it’s nice to have someone else willing to step in and say, “It’s okay, I’ll take the fall for you.”

Kids have used each other as scapegoats, especially siblings when no one wants to get in trouble. Adults have also been known to use each other when a prank is pulled by a group or, like I said, in parenting.

We are first introduced to a scapegoat in Leviticus and the Israelites. During this time many things were done through ceremonies or rituals. A form of living God had established with them through Moses. Like the temple and forgiveness of sins. There were times when a community would find a goat to be designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of that group. The high priest would symbolically lay the sins of the people on its head and then the goat would take them away into the wilderness. Thus, becoming the scapegoat, taking the blame for others although innocent of any wrongdoing.

Since then we do not have to do this with goats because the ceremonies have been done away with by someone much more innocent than a goat.

This definition says it best. A scapegoat is a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.

I cannot read that without feeling so thankful for the God I serve. He sent Jesus to this world to be our scapegoat, my scapegoat. Jesus came innocent of all wrongdoings and suffered on the cross to take the blame for my sins, your sins. Undeserving but done out of love He bore the pain on the cross so we could be forgiven and have the promise of salvation. He said, “It’s okay, I’ll take the fall for you.”

As grateful as I am that my hubby is willing to allow the kids to be upset with him over me, I am so much more humbled and thankful for what Jesus did for me. In understanding that, I daily want to live my life serving Him and showing how thankful I am. I want to share with others what a promise we have through Jesus. He did not have to be my scapegoat; He chose to be because He loves me. So, I choose Jesus because I love Him and when the days of persecution come, I pray I can say, “I will choose Jesus always and I know my future is with Him.”

May your day be filled with many blessings as you tackle the many things ahead of you and may God always live in your heart and life.

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