When hope triumphs sin is defeated

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If any individual is sitting in his doctor’s office, and the doctor explains, “You have a fatal illness that if left untreated will surely take you life,” we will all sit up and take notice. If the doctor continues by explaining that there is a new drug that has had a remarkable result in curing people that have your same fatal diagnosis, I expect that you would say “let me have it,” regardless of whatever it may cost. Yet we are all so very careless in our response to so great a savior in the person of Jesus Christ.

Matt. 10:28 “Don’t fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

We have come to a place where tolerance is portrayed as the ultimate virtue. There is truly no right and wrong, there is no such thing as sin, there is only the truth as you define it according to your own ambition and interpretation. It is a lie of our culture and the devil. It is one of the greatest tools in the arsenal of the enemy, the deceiver.

We, in this country, have been so blessed that we have created a sort of “heaven” here on earth. We think in our pride and arrogance, that we do not need God. We can’t point men to a cure, unless and until we can show them that they are sick, and in need of saving.

The problem then is sin. We are all born with a sinful nature, in bondage to sin.

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 6: 23 “for the wages of sin is death.” Pretty clear language. Matt. 18:11 “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” 2 Corr. 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God.”

We, that would be you and I, become the righteousness of God. Can you imagine what it would be like standing before the Holy and just God of the universe, declared righteous due to the perfect sacrifice of a loving savior. When Jesus prayed in the garden “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; Yet not my will but yours be done.” Luke 22; 42

Do you think that he feared death on the cross at the hands of a minimum wage Roman soldier? Many saints have died for their faith. Christ cried out to God the father because he knew the contents of the cup. It was your sin as well as my own that Christ “drank,” took upon himself the sins of the world. Christ as my substitute. He went in my place. God orchestrated a divine exchange. The perfect, sinless, obedient Son of God — he took the penalty that we deserved, and we were assigned what he deserved for his obedience and righteousness. Jesus died our death, that we might live his life.

But there is more. Sins power over our lives was broken through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. It can be defeated by anyone. Because of Jesus, we are not bound in time — we have another hope. Jesus opened an awareness beyond this life. Jesus has the power to bring everything under his control. Pastor Alan Jackson explained it like this, “His life was not just to show us something that was beyond us, it was to show us what he was going to accomplish for us. A power demonstrated by Jesus’ life that he said would be made available to us because of his redemptive work on the cross. The power of the cross allows us to live differently upon this earth.”

Jesus told his disciples, “But I tell you the truth, It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16: 7

People, we need hope.

Gary Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg and faith columnist for The Anderson News.