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How Jesus Atones For My Shame

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Jesus

How Jesus Atones For My Shame

Guest Mako A. Nagasawa is a campus minister at Harvard and Boston College with the New Humanity Institute, and founding director of New Humanity Institute.

“Don’t you know how much I sacrificed for you???” Those words shaped my sense of self, duty, and how others experienced me. Who said that? My parents. Hearing it made me feel mixed. On the one hand, I was grateful for their sacrifices. I certainly benefited. On the other hand, I had my doubts about their motivations being self-sacrifice pure and simple. (If they came to the U.S. for more money, didn’t that benefit them, too?) And it sounded like I was mostly (or only) a burden to them. Then, when I gave my life to Jesus when I was 17, I noticed God saying that too. Or at least I thought He did. Because some Asian-American Christians would say, “Don’t you know how much GOD sacrificed for you?”

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