We don’t hear a lot of preaching about sin these days and yet…
It is because of OUR sin that Jesus died on that cross
I believe, we need to hear a lot more preaching about sin so that we hear a lot more preaching about the God’s solution to sin.
It is because of OUR sin that we needed a Saviour
You see, having an understanding of the seriousness and foulness of our sin is basic and essential to having an understanding of the graciousness of the cross and a true and correct understanding of salvation. Sin and God’s solution to sin go together.
It is because of OUR sin that we have the cross
The offensiveness of the cross makes no sense unless we understand the offensiveness of our sin.
The horror and offense of the cross highlights…
How extremely foul and offensive OUR sin is in the sight of a Holy God
God hates sin and his anger and wrath are poured out against those who sin.
We are in desperate need of a Saviour
The penalty for OUR sin is death but the good news is, by the grace of God…
Jesus bore the penalty for OUR sin on that cross!
Now I’m not sure why we don’t hear a lot more preaching about sin. Maybe telling people they are sinners is a little offensive nowadays and we don’t want to offend anyone do we? (he said sarcastically) But…
How is anyone going to understand the cross if they don’t understand the foulness and offense of their sin?
The truth be known…
The message of the gospel has always been offensive
It is offensive to those who don’t want to hear it (ie: those who are perishing) but very, very sweet to those who accept it.
The Bible tells us…
All of us are guilty of sin
“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” [Rom 3:23]
and all of us need to come humbly towards our gracious Heavenly Father in…
Turning away from the stench of sin and turning towards a Holy and Righteous God.
In the light of a Holy God we see the stench and the wickedness of our sin
In the light of a Holy God we see our desperate need for the saviour
In the light of a Holy God we understand the truth of the cross
In the light of a Holy God we repent and turn away from our sin and turn towards Him
In the light of a Holy God we give our life to the One who saved us from the penalty of our sins