Such a nasty little word. But what is it? Some view sin as an action. It is something you do. If you have sex before marriage, if you lie, gossip, murder, cheat, steal… these are “sins”. Bringing some to the conclusion that one could abstain from this list of actions and therefore abstain from sin.
SIN: moral evil; transgression of or rebellion against God’s laws; perversion of the heart; missing the mark.
Some passages that deal with sin:
Matthew 18:3 “turn from your sins and become as little children”
Matthew 18:15 “…another believer sins against you”
Luke 15:18 (Parable of the lost son) “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you”
John 1:29 “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jesus Christ)
John 16:9 Jesus said, “The world’s sin is unbelief in Me”
then continuing in verse 10: “Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more”
Leading me to the conclusion: the Prince of this world has already been judged.
My point of this blog is to question our perceptions of sin. Is it possible that sin is more than just an action? Can we look at sin as not just actions and behaviors or “mistakes” that each of us display differently, but look at it as the entirety of the human condition to be inherently unbelieving and self-serving? Sin is unbelief in God, and rejection of His ability to come to the earth in human form. Sin is unbelief that Jesus, who walked the earth 2000 years ago was God incarnate and the Savior of our human condition.
Paul describes this in chapter 8 of Romans as our “pregnant condition” and adds that God knows exactly what kind of condition we are in, and He still wanted direct communication with us. Since the beginning of time we only know humans as ones who are unsatisfied with full reliance on God the Father. The sin in the Garden was man and woman disobeying God because they wanted to know what He knew, or they felt that they could know.
Jesus came onto this earth as God incarnate and at the same time, He came as the Son. I know this is not something we can wrap our brains around, but for the sake of this blog I’m assuming we can accept that with blind faith. Jesus came here to show us the perfect version of a human being – a living example of the kind of person He created us to be. And as we killed Him for this beauty that we despised, He realized that humans will never be able to recover on their own. Now this is not to say that an individual does not have the capacity to fully accept this and walk so humbly with God that they are taken up to heaven before death… but as a population, as a majority, we are unbelieving and self-serving.
Sin is not just a “lie”, a lie is merely a product (or fruit) of our pregnant, human condition. Our human condition that Jesus met first hand. And what did Jesus think of us?
“and He had compassion on them because they were like
sheep without a shepherd. So He taught them many things” – Mark 6:34
He taught them to love God, to love others, to take care of the orphans and widows, to make amends…
Jesus, God, knew we could never do it on our own. And God the Father loved us so much that He didn’t want to destroy us. He wanted to give those of us who cannot humanly turn from sin a chance. Does He want us to stop sinning? Of course!! But did Jesus die on the cross to allow us communion with God even when we continue to sin? Yes!
Jesus died on the cross as a perfect living sacrifice. That means His blood covers sins past, present and future – a continuous sacrifice. Unfathomable. He is a sacrifice so those of us who “live in sin” still have a chance to know Him, to know God the Creator. Jesus truly is the bridge. If you are without sin you can obtain direct communication with God the Father, but if you have sin, then Jesus is now the conduit.
Jesus’ words are all 100% Truth. If you choose to believe Him, you must believe that His words are not contextually based and that His words are absolute Truth.
Jesus, on earth, came to realize that even a disciple whom He shared everything with and called brother would betray Him. Even when the True Son of God who created the waters is standing on water before you, your weak faith causes you to sink. Jesus got to know us on a level so deep He was one of us, He came to realize that some humans even with every opportunity for faith would still mess up, or “miss the mark”. No matter how much He taught, how many He healed, no matter how many miracles He performed or how much compassion and love He shared – the majority of human beings were unbelieving and self-serving. So He gave Himself up as a final, living sacrifice.
He not only died humanely like a lamb at slaughter – He went beaten and bloody. He realized fully how depraved we were and He wanted to know us anyway. Jesus came to this earth to teach, to bring the sword of Truth and to see what we were made of. Well, we didn’t fight fair: we became selfish babies. And we didn’t accept His love: we were unbelieving. So maybe when Jesus prayed to God the Father in Gethsemane He was wrestling with the fact that when He died and the veil was torn, these evil humans who were in the process of betrayal would have full access to the Father and to the Kingdom (Mark 12:1-12).
It is our duty to try every day and in every circumstance to live as we believe to be right and good. Never condemning another for how they choose to live right because that is now between them and the Father. In the garden, Jesus loved God so much that He admitted God to be the only good, He humbled Himself before the Father to say “You know the greatest good, not my will but Yours be done!” I want to be bold and say that sin is so much more than we give it credit for – it is this entire world and our entire hearts. Jesus came to abolish the separation that sin creates so we, as sinners, can come directly to God. The Father saw how from the beginning of time He sent prophet after prophet and yet we never chose the right path on our own. He sent His Son to show the perfect way and we rejected Him, killed Him. God the Father knows all of this and yet said, “But how can I still have a relationship with them?” And God the Father chose to raise His Son from the grave so that He could know us. So yes, sin is everything we know and everything we are… but God is still bigger.
We are now free from the bondage of sin. In our own lives and yes, even in the lives of the people around us. What do we have to do for this gift? Believe in Him and accept His forgiveness as whole and everlasting. This means that the blood that covers my sin of theft, covers your sin of adultery, covers his sin of greed and her sin of homosexuality. It means that we can look at the world around us as lost sheep in search of a shepherd rather than sinners who need forgiveness… we are all sinners, and we all need forgiveness. Since you now have the cure you should not condemn others for not having it, or chastise someone for not living the way you live, but lovingly shepherd lost souls towards the cure and encourage those who already have it towards the words of Christ.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
All glory to the Creator, Sustainer and Father of life!
= TaiAnn <><