I bet the headline of this blog post has you anxious that I’m going to write a post about all the sins you’ve committed in your life and harp on about it and makes you want to either scroll on by or click the x at the top of the screen or close the app on your phone, please don’t as that’s not what I’m going to write about.
I’m sure many of you today have been chomping away on chocolate Easter eggs or something like that, the closest thing I got was a mini egg on one of Easter nest cakes at church and yes many of you may feel guilty for over eating and berating yourselves for eating too much and some may even think I’ve just sinned. Many times the message of the cross is that Jesus died for our sins. Many of those reading this already know what your sin is and the consequences but WHY is sin such a big deal it’s because of it’s role in our lives.
The role of sin
There are 3 roles to sin that are worth knowing about and even many Christians don’t see this either.
1 Sin causes us to think we are separated from God
Most people have heard sin separates you from God but the truth is that sin and the resulting guilt, shame and condemnation causes you to think you are separated from God. God was has and is always with his creation, he is not separate from it at all, when Adam sinned in the garden Adam hid himself FROM God, God was still present, when God called where are you Adam, it wasn’t because God couldn’t see him he knew where he was but he wanted Adam to know he was there and very present indeed. It was sin that convinced Adam to run from God and that there was a veil there between them. When Jesus died he cried out “my god, my God, why have you forsaken me” he cried that out when he became sin, sin caused him to think that, he was God in the flesh after all there was no separation, at that point on the cross he knew what sin causes us to believe in our separation from God.
2 Sin causes us to believe the worst about God
There seems alot of folk who have real misconceptions about God. That he is distant, angry and one favorite expression of mine the unmoved mover. He’s ready to whip, beat and catch us doing wrong at any time and ready to throw judgement at us, nothing could be further from the truth, first of all Jesus told his disciples to call God Our Father. A real good father is not remote or ready to lash out at you whenever you do wrong. God is the best Father and wants everyone on this planet to relate to him in that manner, sin and will tell you otherwise. the Father that does not want you to be anxious for anything to provide for and love you though thick and thin and allows you to make your own choices and trusts you like any Good father does and wants you to come to him freely. Sin will rob you of that notion believing the very opposite.
3 Sin causes you to think that there is absolutely nothing good about you as well as God.
Yep when God created man (man and woman) he declared it was very good and not just that he created man in his image and likeness, we are like God, we are not God but like him, just like when you look at a family member and see your eyes, or you hear them say something a certain way you think I’d say it like that. They aren’t you but look and sound like you. We are like God in that we look and sound like God and portray his nature in different ways. The serpent in the Garden like sin convinces us we are not like God and we are dark humans walking the planet and there is nothing good about us.
The good news
The good news is Jesus when he died on the cross he wanted us to know three things
1 We are not separated from God,
2 Our Father is love personified and is not mad at us at all rather he is mad at sin and it’s destructive nature in our lives and it’s purpose, putting distance between us and his love.
3 You are good, very good, he created you and is much good in you, your sin is masking that reality of your true nature.
For any reading this your wandering I get this but now what must I do,
Talk to Father God, he loves you he knows you intimately, you don’t have to do it in a religious fashion just be yourself, he loves you like that. Ask him to remove the veil between you in your thinking and in your heart towards him. Tell him what you think of him and that you need help in having a revelation of who he is, ask him to come alive to you on the inside and simply be open to receive the revelation of love because Father God is love.
A very happy Easter to you all