The Rest of Justin Bieber’s Gospel Message

Jesus takes away our pain, shame, guilt, and fears by taking away our sins.

Justin Bieber performs at Hyde Park on July 2, 2017 in London, England.

By Michael Brown Published on December 20, 2017

I am thrilled that Justin Bieber has pointed his 95 million Instagram followers to Jesus. I truly hope that he is serious about living a life that is pleasing to God. And I mean nothing critical at all in what I write here. Instead, his Instagram post deserves another post. His good word deserves a follow-up word.

Bieber posted a picture of a whiteboard with a handwritten message saying, “Do you feel you have [exhausted] all options? Do you feel helpless? Do you feel like you’re never good enough? What if I told you that there’s a god that’s willing to meet you WHEREVER you’re at! What if I told you he could take away your pain, shame, [guilt], and fears #Jesus.”

In the caption he added, “Jesus is changing me from the inside out everyday!”

What I’d like to add to his message, which is a true and accurate message, is this: Jesus takes away our pain, shame, guilt, and fears by TAKING AWAY OUR SINS.

Sin is the Culprit

Yes, by dying for our sins, Jesus strikes at the root cause of all of our struggles — our pain, shame, guilt, fears, depression, anxiety, anger, heartache, and confusion, just to name a few — and He brings us into a brand new life.

By dying for our sins, Jesus delivers us from the ultimate slavery — slavery to the flesh, to the carnal desires of the heart and the mind, to the world and its lusts, to Satan himself. He sets us free to live for God. We are set free from sin and we become servants of Jesus the Lord.

You see, sin is our enemy, sin is the culprit. Pain and shame and guilt and fear are some of the byproducts of sin. Put another way, we are lost and confused and enslaved because we have disobeyed God — we have sinned — and because we keep on disobeying God — we keep on sinning.

By dealing with our sins, Jesus deals with the root causes of all of our problems. And by enabling us to live a new life, a life where our sins are not only forgiven but overcome, He gives us eternal life. What a Savior He is!

Through Him, the disobedient become obedient, the rebellious become repentant, the hateful become love-filled, and the enslaved become free. Jesus really does change us from the inside out, and He continues to help us in our weakness.

Jesus Saves Us From Sin

When His birth was announced, the angel declared, “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt 1:21).

When John, the forerunner of the Messiah, saw Him the first time, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

When He died on the cross, in the words of Peter, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Pet 2:24)

It’s the great exchange. The innocent dying for the guilty. The righteous one shedding His blood for the unrighteous.

Do you see it? It’s the great exchange. The innocent dying for the guilty. The righteous one shedding His blood for the unrighteous. And when He died, we died with Him — died to sin, died to our wills, died to our disobedience. And when He rose, we rose with Him, that we should no longer for ourselves but for the one who died for us and was raised from the dead (see 2 Cor 5:15). This is the life-changing power of the gospel.

It saves us from the hell outside us, the hell inside us, and the hell that awaits us. It brings us from death to life, from darkness to light, from lostness to foundness. It rescues us in every sense of the word, and it gives us a brand new life — a life of obedience to the Lord, a life as children loved by our Father.

Power in His Blood

And what is the power of the gospel? It is the blood of Jesus, that cleanses us from every sin. (see 1 John 1:7, 9)

As the old hymn declared, “Oh, precious is the flow, That makes me white as snow, No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

It is the blood of Jesus that pays for our sins and takes away our sins, thereby washing away our shame, and guilt, and fear.

That is the power of the gospel.

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As for Justin Bieber, let me say this, directly to you: We know that lots of eyes are on you, watching your every move, scrutinizing your every word. We’re praying for you, that God’s grace will continue to flood your life until you can’t even recognize yourself.

That is the power of the gospel.

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  • songbird

    Such sweet love makes me cry. What an unfair exchange – Sinless Lamb sacrificed for despicable me. He didn’t die so we could disregard Him, keep on sinning and crucify Him again and spit in His face. It cost the very highest price. The Son of Gods precious life. Perfect sacrifice so marred you wouldn’t even know he was a man. He is so very patient, but do not be deceived he will not be mocked.

  • Patmos

    Be ye reconciled to God.

    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

  • Many Sparrows

    Let’s all pray for him.

  • Patty Rice Gurecki

    God never ceases to amaze, does he? I do hope this young man continues to seek the Lord.

  • m-nj

    As I posted on the main news story… I hope this is real, for both Justin and those who may be influenced by him. But a man is known by the company he keeps, and some of his supposed mentors have much to be desired.

    • ImaginaryDomain

      So were Paul’s….I for one am glad to hear the message, and it ain’t lost on my 19 year old niece and my 12 year old daughter.

  • Pamela Craig

    I pray the Lord will surround Justin with men who love God and are examples he can trust. Men he can learn from. It is obvious his heart is in the right place. He needs a godly mentor full of wisdom to disciple him. I am praying that happens. I love that young man!

    • Linda

      His mother Patty is a humble God fearing Canadian woman who brought Justin up in the fear and admonition of the Lord…I saw her giving her dramatic and amazing salvation testimony before Justin became famous. I am certain her prayers availeth much and Justin will come home to Jesus…

  • Jim Walker

    I’m more weary than hopeful of celebrities embracing God.

    • Chris Morrell

      I understand what you mean jim, but I also recognize to accept that as a realistic position is in direct contrast to 1 Corinthians 13 that tells us that love is hopeful and not the least bit weary. It endures. Which in turn convicts me that the most important aspect of my witness has been compromised.

  • Ken Abbott

    Jesus does indeed take all those things away, including the guilt of our sin. But he also gives us something, a thing we lack that without which no one will see God: positive righteousness. “God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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