Phrases like “Jesus takes away our sin” or “He wipes out our sin” sometimes lead to confusion. While true, these phrases also simplify the process of forgiveness. Here’s the bare bones:

  1. Everyone does wrong things. We may try to convince ourselves everything we do is okay, but that’s not the truth. “As the scriptures say, no one is righteous–not even one.” Romans 3:10
  2. There is penalty for our sin in this world and in eternity. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
  3. Let me repeat–everything we do has consequences.
  4. Those consequences are too much for us to bear. “…there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:12
  5. Jesus stepped in and said, “I’ll take the punishment for you. I’ll pay the penalty for what you did.” As Isaiah prophesied, “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole.” Isaiah 53:5
  6. So, we must acknowledge what we did AND that he paid the penalty for us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

As we lead up to Easter, take to focus on your sin and the marvelous gift Jesus granted us by dying for our wrongdoing. Use these next six weeks to meditate on what salvation truly means.

Watch this short, simple video explaining Christ’s sacrifice.

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