Friday, December 8, 2006

Sufficient to Cover All of Our Sins

Christmastime seems like a very appropriate season to discuss a sinner's need for Christ. Are you ready to go hunting for treasure? Good. Let's have a look at some Scriptures:

Isaiah 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

John 1:29, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'"

Romans 6:10, "For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God."

Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

These verses should be wonderfully comforting to us, for the Truth of them makes the prince of this world cringe and cower with fear. We must understand that the devil will do all that he can to deceive us and cause us to believe that our sin is too big for God to forgive. Nothing could be more untrue.

At the right time, God sent His only son in the form of a tiny Jewish Baby. He was delivered in a small, cave-like dwelling that housed the inn-keeper's farm animals. In this humble way, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords arrived to be cared for by human parents, who were full of faith in their God. May we never forget the Truth of the Gospel.

But, why? Why did He have to come?

The arrival of Jesus interrupted the sure consequence of sin. The plan of our Heavenly Father began its fulfillment the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The long-awaited Messiah finally came to this earth, and His mission was to die and shed His blood so that every one of our sins would be erased. He came for you; He came for me.

The blood of Christ is sufficient to cover all of our sin. There is need of nothing else. He has forgiven every sin that we have ever committed and all we have to do is receive it.

What does God's forgiveness of your sins mean to you?

It means that you can live your life with no fear. Your burdens can be lifted, and you can walk joyfully with your God. As you humbly submit yourself to be God's "slave of righteousness," you will actually experience a freedom you have never known before. "But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life."

Lord, to walk in your holiness is something I could never have attained, except through Jesus. Thank you for sending your son to die that I might walk in freedom and have eternal life. Amen.

Love, Karen