God doesn’t tell us not to sin because He’s mean. God loves us and knows how miserable we are when we choose sin.
You probably already know what happens to friends when one lies about the other. So, God told us not to do it (Exodus 20:16). All of God’s rules are like that.
But God knows we can’t be good all the time. The very first people ever made, our first parents, disobeyed God and we’ve been sunk ever since. The Bible calls anything we do or think against God “sin.” It’s a tiny word for a terrible thing. Kind of like germs!
This is just how Isaiah (64:6) talks about us. He says we are like wash clothes left scrunched by the kitchen sink. You know what happens to them, they grow a swarm of bacteria! There’s no point washing dishes with them, it would be more disgusting than before.
The sin deep inside us is like that. Before we’re even born, it starts growing in us and messes up everything we do (Psalm 51:5). The more we try to be good, the more God wrinkles His nose because it’s so gross.
If nothing changed, we would be good for nothing but the trash pile. But God loves us too much. He knew there was one way to clean out the sin all the way through us.
- If there could a man born to Adam’s family who didn’t have any sin,
- who was powerful enough to suck all our sin into himself and zap it gone,
- he could make a cleanser for us.
But every child ever born was already dirty with their own sin infection! How did God do it?
You know the Christmas story: God sent part of Himself to be made into a man using only a young woman’s egg. The sin infection was passed on by fathers (Romans 5:12), so He never caught it. An angel told her what to call Him: Jesus. In Hebrew, His name means God is Savior, or Rescuer. God became our Brother!
When it was time, Jesus told His followers He had to die, but He would be alive again three days later. They couldn’t figure out how they could be rescued by their hero dying!
God’s rules tell us how it worked. He told Noah and his family (that’s all of us) not to eat blood because that’s where the life is (Genesis 9:4). He told Moses to always use a sacrifice with blood to cover sins (Hebrews 9:22).
Peter tells us we are bought back from sin with Jesus’ perfectly clean blood (I Peter 1:18). He also said Jesus pulled your sins and mine into Himself on the cross. When He did that, He killed the sin so we could be right with God (I Peter 2:24). The infection is gone so we can be clean again.
There’s only one problem left. Imagine you bring a birthday present to someone’s party, but they’re mad at you and won’t take it. You did what you could, but the present isn’t theirs until they change their mind and open it.
John 1:10-12 tells us many people didn’t recognize Jesus. They wouldn’t believe Him. Only people who take Him can be the children of God. Jesus has done all the work already. All that’s left for each of us to do is believe Him and ask Him to wash us clean (Revelation 1:5).
Have you asked Jesus to wash away all your sin germs? All the work has been done, but Jesus won’t make you clean unless you want Him to.
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7 NLT
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