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04/12/2017

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The Enormity Of Sin


"Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter glory?" (Lk.24:26) "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (I Jn.1:8).

As we continue to look at why Jesus had to die and then be resurrected, the real reason comes to the front... Wisdom required that God portray the enormity of sin. Any lesser sacrifice would not have pictured the magnitude of it. Christ's death is the supreme effort of God to portray to man sin in its true nature and His hatred toward it... "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed" (I Pet.2:24). I guess that sin may not seem so bad to man, because he lives so close to it. "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Heb.3:13). This verse from the book of Hebrews points out that we shouldn't be sucked into the false pretense and alluring nature of sin...From the very beginning God has viewed sin differently, and today's verse from I John lets us know succinctly that if we claim to be without it that we deceive ourselves... So the cross pictures sin in its true light, at its worst, for it alone could reconcile a sinful race back to a sinless God. Finally, Christ's death for sin is the most profound expression of divine love the world has ever known. The idea of the Divine One coming to us in human flesh and taking upon Himself the burden of sin never would have entered into a human plan for reconciliation... And yet, this glorious truth is forcefully brought to our hearts in Christ's life, death and ultimate resurrection... The sorrows unfolded in Gethsemane and the severe suffering on the cross, picture to us an infinite compassion which ought to stir our hearts. We'll finish these thoughts tomorrow..

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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