Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jesus Saved Us From Our Sin

John 1:29
Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world

• We are saved from the problem of sin.
Man has a sin problem. Our sins separate us from God.  It is our sins that have caused the separation. Jesus’ death solved the problem and made a way for us to be near – we are His bride, sons and friends.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

• We are saved from the prevalence of sin
Romans 3:23 states: “all have sinned,” and the writer to the Hebrews speaks about sin “that so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1). Every person has this trouble – there is no one who is free from its bondage. Jesus’ death freed us from every sin. He, who was totally sinless, (2 Cor. 5:21) took all the shame and penalty of sin upon Himself so that we could be totally free.

Jesus has conquered every degree and category of sin. There is nothing that we can come up with that has not been dealt with on the cross. There is not one sinner who is beyond His redeeming grace. Through His death and resurrection, He dealt with all sin for all time.

Titus 2:4 (NLT) He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.

Romans 5:12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

1 Pet. 3:18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

Hebrews 9:26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

• We are saved from the pain of sin.
Sin causes all kinds of pain and suffering to mankind. Not all pain in this world comes from sin; much does not. Spiritual people as well as sinful people get sick, have financial and job problems, are victims of crime and natural disaster, and can experience difficulties in their personal relationships. However, it is clear that pain and suffering entered this world because of the sin of Adam, and we all fell with him (Romans 5). Through His death, Jesus paid the full price and penalty for sin and all of its accompanying sufferings. He took all our pain upon Himself and made a way for us  to be healed. This includes all the pain and suffering we cause to others and ourselves when we sin.

Acts 2:24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

Isaiah 53:3-5 (Message) He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum.But the fact is, it was our pains he carried - our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him - our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.

• We are saved from the power of sin.
We are totally powerless against sin and its influence over every area of our lives. Jesus has solved this problem, and through his death and resurrection, He has vanquished sin forever. He laughs in the face of sin’s power to destroy – He has made a way for us to dance over sin’s hold.

Hebrews 9:26 (NLT) If that had been necessary, he would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But no! He came once for all time, at the end of the age, to remove the power of sin forever by his sacrificial death for us.

Romans 6:7 (NLT) For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

• We are saved from the pattern (compulsion) of sin.
In Romans 7, Paul complained about our common problem – he kept doing the things he didn’t want to do, he hated the constant sin problems that reared up in his life. But in Romans 8 he rejoices in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to solve this problem that warred inside.

Romans 8:2 Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (NIV)

• We are saved from the price of sin.
Sin demands a great price in every area of our lives – every day. It only has one price: our lives. Sin destroys us at every turn, and sucks life and joy from our core. Jesus has paid this price in full, and now He offers us eternal life

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

• We are saved from the penalty of sin.
Not only do we have to suffer the daily price of sin that affects our lives here and now, but sin ensures that we will suffer eternal separation from our Father. Jesus took this penalty upon Himself and cancelled it for all time.

Hebrews 9:15 (NLT) That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

2 Corinthians 5:19 (NLT) For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.