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Sin: It’s a Problem We All Experience

October 1, 2012

“Much that we take for granted in a civilized society is based upon the assumption of human sin. Nearly all legislation has grown up because human beings cannot be trusted to settle their own disputes with justice and without self-interest. A promise is not enough; we need a contract. Doors are not enough; we have to lock and bolt them. The payment of fares is not enough; tickets have to be issued, inspected and collected. Law and order are not enough; we need the police to enforce them. All this is due to man’s sin. We cannot trust each other. We need protection against one another. It is a terrible indictment of human nature.” John Stott

Do you struggle with sin? All human beings do. There is only one answer for sin. There is only one way that sinners can be saved. Jesus is the only answer. When Peter and John were arrested for healing a lame begger and preaching about Jesus being resurrected, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)” Jesus himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Men are sinners and hopelessly lost. God is holy and requires those who are his to be holy. Since we can provide no holiness on our own, God sent Jesus to live a holy and blameless life for us. Then God “made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). In other words the righteousness of Jesus’ perfect life was imputed to those who are being saved and the sin of those who are being saved was imputed to Jesus.

That is why Jesus died on a cruel Roman cross and was buried in a borrowed tomb. The sacrifice of Jesus was a vicarious substitute for us. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as shown in the resurrection of Jesus on the third day and his ascension to heaven 40 days later. The life we should have lived, he lived on our behalf. The death we should have died, he died for us. The new life we did not deserve, he gave to us. God has become both the just and the justifier.

Jesus died for you. Will you receive him as your savior? Will you join him in a death like his by being buried in a watery grave and rising to walk in newness of life? You will still struggle with sin, but your sins will be forgiven. Jesus came not to make bad people good, but to make dead people live.

What will you do with Jesus?

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