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The Payment for Sin

 

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The Payment for Sin

Matthew 26:26-27

The Cross is so common in our culture that most people don’t think twice when they see one on a church. But unfortunately, familiarity with the symbol can actually get in the way of understanding what it truly means. So let's stop to consider how Jesus became the payment for our sin.

We begin with Scripture written long before Jesus was born. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, explains how man chose to disobey God. (Sin is DISOBEDIENCE) Because Adam and Eve ate what was forbidden (The Tree of Knowledge), their descendants are all born under the curse of death, having inherited  this sinful “flesh” nature to disobey Almighty God.

In Leviticus, God’s laws for the Jewish nation included observance of Yom Kippur, the day each year when the Israelites fasted, prayed, and sacrificed an animal (Normally a goat) to atone for sins committed against God. In essence, the goat would bear the wrongs done by the people and suffer the penalty that divine justice required. (This is where we get the term "Scapegoat")

Many generations later, it was Isaiah that prophesied a Savior would atone for our transgression once and for all ( Isaiah 53:5 ) ( Hebrews 7:27 ).

Isaiah 53:5  (NLT)
" But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed."

Hebrews 7:27  (NIV)
27 *Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

*Because Christ was PERFECT and SINLESS

After another 700 years, John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The Messiah had come, though He was totally different from what the people expected—so much so, that they rejected Him and requested His crucifixion.

Psalm 118:22
The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

Acts 4:11
For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

In all, God gave 613 laws through Moses. But none of us can perfectly follow even the Ten Commandments. In fact, one reason He gave us these rules was to show us our need for a Savior (Galations 3:24). Think on those commands (Ex. 20:1-17), while asking God to speak to your heart.

Galations 3:24  (NLT)
24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.

Matthew 26:26-29 (NLT)
26  As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,  Take this and eat it, for this is my body.
27  And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, Each of you drink from it,
28  for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant[a] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.
29  Mark my words I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.

Exodus 20:1-17  (NLT)

1 Then God gave the people all these instructions
2  I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3  You must not have any other god but me.
4  You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
5  You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.
6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
7  You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8  Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9  You have six days each week for your ordinary work,
10  but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
12  Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13  You must not murder.
14  You must not commit adultery.
15  You must not steal.
16  You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17  You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

Our Lord Jesus tells us that The Commandments of God are written on the hearts of all of His Children.

Romans 2:15 (NLT)
15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.

Psalm 40:8 (NLT)
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.

Remember, when you "Carry the Cross" in YOUR heart, you are carrying everything Our Savior lived for, and also sacrificed His life for. All have been made in His Likeness, Christians are made in His Image as well.