Sinners at the Cross

Matthew 26:28 ~ “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
 
Our human responses to sin would be amusing if they weren’t so contrary to the truth:
  • We cover it up, like Adam and Eve in the Garden. We know it’s there, but we don’t admit it to God, and we certainly don’t let others see it – that would be too humiliating.
  • We deny it’s there. We come up with justifications such as “Everyone is basically good” and “I’m OK, you’re OK.” We relegate sin to the aberrant folks who end up in prisons.
  • We redefine it. It’s not sin – it’s a weakness, a character flaw, human nature.
  • We try to compensate God for it. We do good works, we come up with all sorts of religious rituals, we make vows of obedience for tomorrow to make up for disobedience yesterday. We try to make the good in us outweigh the bad.
 
But the Cross – the disfigured, bloody form on the tree, the picture of the penalty we deserved – undoes all of our approaches to the problem. There, in plain daylight, the innocent sacrifice takes our shame upon Himself. We can either own up to the need for that sacrifice, or we can persist in one of the pitiful solutions above.
 
Hebrews 2:3 ~ “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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