When I read Charles Dickens in school, I read the the CliffsNotes.

I know I’m ignorant. I’m not a detail person. I don’t like a lot of words and Dickens is known for them.

So when my pastor told us he was going to spend several weeks in one chapter of the Bible, I thought maybe I’d get bored.

Fact is, he’s spent 3-45-minute-Wednesday-night-lessons on just five words.

“Christ died for our sins.”

He quoted some famous guy who talked about those words. “Bury yourself in a dictionary and come up in the presence of God.”

We’ve been doing just that. I’m enthralled.

Last night Pastor David Brady spoke on the word sin.

When we think of sin, most of us think of the ten “big ones.”  We may even say we keep most of them. Sometimes.

The trouble is the law of God isn’t a serious of commandments.

The law of God is who He is. He doesn’t have to keep it. The law flows out of His character. It balances His mercy, goodness, love, purity, holiness, and justice. And He balances them all perfectly. All the time.

If there is no holy God, there is no sin since sin is relational.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from their Creator. No one told them to do that, it was natural. When you and I sin, we distance ourselves from our Creator.

It doesn’t matter if you believe in a Creator. Truth doesn’t change.

Scripture describes sin in several ways. Missing the mark, unbelief, immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry. Basically, if you live your life your way, you are sinning.

Christ died for those sins.

All of them.

Unless you haven’t received His free gift of salvation. You’d better hurry, It’s not on the table forever. The moment you die salvation is not an option. No second chances.

What do I need to do?

Believe this:

“Christ died for your sins.”

Then live like it.


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