21 January 2008

A thought on sin

The other day I had a thought… Because of where I was and what I was doing, I wasn’t able to pursue it to a meaningful end, but last night I was able to spend some good God time and dig into it.

There’s this idea I’ve had about Jesus; I know He gave his life for not just my sins, but the sins of you and everyone else. Without His death on the cross, we wouldn’t be freed from the burden of our sin. The thought I had trouble wrapping my head around is if He died knowing He would rise in three days, what does it prove?

So I was thinking about that and letting my mind wander over it, and asking God to guide me to a new understanding. He led me to 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” There is the meaning of His death. That he didn’t just die only to come back three days later, but Jesus became our sins, took them upon Him so that our sins would die with Him. He chose pain, humiliation, torture, degradation, and abuse so that we would have eternal life.

So why would He willingly suffer through all that? God created all of us in His image, and His love for us is far beyond any of our comprehension. Jesus took all our sins on, because of that love, and because cleansing sin requires sacrifice, He became that sacrifice. His death and resurrection is a clear statement to us: We can have that same resurrection; we can be reborn pure and clean and without sin.

My prayer for all of us, you, me, and everyone, is that we surrender ourselves to God’s love, because Love Wins
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