“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins . . .”—John 3.5Just a short thought this week. John tells us repeatedly that one of the primary purposes for God appearing to us “in the flesh” was to take away our sins. Matthew (1:21) tells us that He came to “save” us “from” them. After all, the wage that “sin pays” is death (Romans 6:23), because when sin is “full grown” it “produces” death (James 1:15). Paul asks the question in his letter to the Romans: “Did that which is good produce death in me?” No, it was “sin producing death in me through what is good” (Romans 7:13). Sin carries death in it intrinsically.
Yet, the good news still remains:
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!“— John 1.29 (emphasis supplied)
And Paul tells us how he did it:
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. — Colossians 2:13, 14
He forgave us for all of our sins. He canceled all we owed Him, “took it away” and nailed it to the cross.
There is not the slightest reason why every person on planet Earth should not be saved. Why anyone would choose death is a mystery even for God. If any person is lost at last, it will not be because they didn’t do enough for God to save them — it will be because they held onto the guilt of their sins, which, in God’s eyes, had already been taken away and cast into the depths of the sea.
Do you have something that plagues you today? Something hidden deep within your past but is still troubling you in the present? He loves you, you know? He took away whatever that was long, long ago on a hill far, far away. He bought you with a price, just the way you are. He LOVES you! Won’t you let Him have whatever it is that plagues you and finally stand in peace of His love? Why don’t you take a moment this week to tell Him about it.
I wish you His best this week.