Sin is a BIG Issue

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkey with the road lined with branches and people hailing him as king, the son of David.  Little did they realized that the real road to victory was through the cross and not through any type of political or militaristic upheaval.

As we know, this week is the ‘passion’ week in which Jesus encountered his last supper with his disciples, his agony in the Garden, his betrayal and arrest, his torture and beating in the hands of the centurions, his trial, his march up to Golgotha, and eventual crucifixion, nailed and hung to death on the cross.  

May we never forget that as we look forward to celebrate of the Resurrection of Jesus this coming week, that there would be no resurrection unless there was the death, the crucifixion of Jesus. 

May we never forget that sin is a BIG issue.  If sin was not a big issue, Jesus need not have come and his death and resurrection insignificant.  Because sin is such an issue in our lives and because God loves mankind so much, Christ had to come.  There was no other way.  No other form of payment for the consequences of sin is sufficient.  

From the previous week’s messages, no work or amount of good that we can do can justify us worthy to be loved by God or can make God love us any more.  But God demonstrated his own love for us in while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)

The “positional” change in our relationship with God is as a result of the work of Jesus on the cross alone.  As I have exhorted us to “live as a people who are alive in Christ!,” we can only do so by the help and the life of the Holy Spirit in us.  The Holy Spirit is our help when it comes to dealing with living for Christ versus our flesh. Jesus is coming again and will be looking for a church that is ALIVE in Him, not dead in sin. 

Because Sin is a BIG issue, may we continue to be ‘sensitive,’ ‘responsive,’ and ‘yielding’ to the Spirit’s dealing in our hearts.  God is not looking for us to be perfect people but to be humble, honest, and holy when it comes to the Spirit’s dealing in our lives.

The opposite of humility is pride and pride will always stop us from being made right with God and each other.

The opposite of honesty is falsehood or deception.  Paul talks about the work of the Spirit through our conscience (good versus seared).   Let us remember the principle of 1 John 1:8,9… if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

Because Sin is a Big issue, may we learn to make confession of our sins a regular part of our spiritual discipline.  If we do not confess our sin, three things happen:

1.  Spirit and body waste away, sin eats at us…i.e. David, read Psalm 32:4,5

2.  We remain in bondage.  True freedom only comes when we have confessed our sin and know we are forgiven by God.  Many believers do not grow spiritually because they continue to allow sin to hinder them from being intimate and close with God.

3.  We can’t experience true freedom, joy, fulfillment, and life.  The purpose of Jesus’ work on the cross is to redeem and to restore God’s intentions for man for which He created.

In order for us to be ALIVE in Christ, we must face the reality of sin in our lives and deal with it appropriately.  Until we have fully grasped the weight of our sin, we will never fully understand the work of the cross and the power of the cross.  Sin is a BIG Issue and should never be glossed over or generalized or minimized.  Because sin is a BIG issue, Jesus had to be crucified.

May we each come to a fresh revelation of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus personally this Easter.

Pastor Daniel