We all make a choice in life about this one word.
If you believe that sin is a willing rebellion against God, then you realize it acts as a disease. It infects maybe a ‘small’ part of our body, and when unattended it not only will continue to infect but it will kill.
Sin doesn’t want to just make our life hard or unejoyable. Sin has come to destroy. Sin has come to kill. Please hear me, my brother and my sister, we are at war. There are forces in this world that would like nothing more then for us to succumb to sin and give in to the desires of the flesh.
I tell you this because we are steadily starting to live in a world that does not believe in sin. As long as we believe there is a God, we’ll be fine. NO. NO. NO. We must as Christians, as the church of Jesus, go into the world to make disciples. To preach about a savior that loved us so much, He had nails driven through his hands and feet. He had a crown of thorns pushed into his forehead. He was lifted up onto a cross not just so we can wear them around our necks on a chain.
JESUS DIED FOR MY SIN.
And so the preaching of sin is really the preaching of love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This last Sunday at The Rescue Church we were in John chapter 5 and read about the invalid at the pool of Bethesda. He had been in this condition for 38 years. After hearing his story, Jesus simply asked him if he wanted to get well. An odd question, right? Well not really. This man had gotten used to his life. He most likely enjoyed his support group of friends who were in the same condition. He was considered a ‘victim’ and so received benefits.
As this man is trying to decide-Jesus shouts, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!’ As if to say, ‘Stop messing around with sin! You know the consequences! Start a new life today!’
Playing hide and seek with God is a lose-lose situation. He knows your heart, and he knows the cost. As said before with every slam of the hammer driving the nails into his hands, he was counting the cost and still went through with it.
So the question is asked back to you-will you go through with it? Do you want to get well? Do you want Jesus to take away the sin in your life?
He can. He took mine. I love Jesus too much not to tell you this.