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Who Can Bear My Sins?

Who Can Bear My Sins?

“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity. (Ezekiel 18:20)

The punishment for sin is death.
Some people point to this verse as proof that Jesus did not and cannot die for our sins.

But wait. Is this verse referring to Jesus Christ?

Did Jesus Christ die for His Father’s sins? Did Jesus Christ die for His son’s sins? Nonsense. This verse does not apply to Jesus Christ at all!

Who is this verse in reference to? It applies to YOU and ME! This verse is simply saying the truth that you and I cannot die for one another or anyone else because we ourselves are guilty of our own sins. We are to bear our own punishment and die for our own sins!

An illustration to understand this clearly:
Imagine that a father and son are sentenced to hang for a crime they committed. Can the son say to the judge, “I will take my father’s sentence and die for him. Let him go.”

Does the judge say, “Oh OK. Since you’re bearing your father’s punishment, then he’s free to go”?  Of course not.

Rather the judge will say, “Sorry, you are going to be hanged for your own crime. And your father will be hanged for his own crime.”

You cannot bear someone else’s punishment. That applies to every human being because WE ARE ALL SINNERS.

 

The point is only someone who is sinless and perfect could possibly take our punishment, because he would not need to die for his own sins.

Is there any human being in history who is completely sinless? Everyone born from Adam has his blood and the same ability to sin that Adam had.

That is why someone who can be a savior from sin has to be born outside of the natural human line. If he is born from a man and a woman, like everyone else, he will carry that same corrupted sin nature and will fall into sin just like every one has since Adam.

The only way would be if someone could be born miraculously, not in the natural way, in a way that would bypass human intervention. Like through a virgin, for example. This person would not inherit the tainted blood of Adam like all human beings. He would not have a corrupted sin nature like you and I and he would be perfectly sinless.

Only such a one, could bear our punishment of sin and save us from death.

But this is nonsense, isn’t it? How can a virgin give birth? Do you know anyone who was born of a virgin in all of earth’s history? If you do, only that person can be your savior!

 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (meaning’ God with us’).” Isaiah 7:14

What Do You Do With Your Sins?

What Do You Do With Your Sins?

Before Adam & Eve disobeyed God, there was no sin in the world.  After Adam & Eve sinned, the perfect world that God had created was marred. Sin and death came into the world for the first time. God did not excuse their sin and make it simply go away.  That would have been unjust and irresponsible for a holy God. There was a consequence to their sin even though it was only one sin. There was a punishment they had to bear. A price to be paid for that one single sin. What was the punishment? They were driven out of the Garden, and they had to endure a spiritual SEPARATION from God’s presence.

We read that Adam & Eve tried to make things right again by hiding and by making for themselves a covering of leaves to hide their sin, their shame and their guilt. But it was not good enough. God Himself had to intervene and act.  Because of His great love and mercy for His creation, God Himself provided for them a proper covering made of skin. Where did this skin come from? Obviously, from an animal. Perhaps it was a sheep or a lamb, that had to be sacrificed to provide the suitable covering for Adam & Eve. This is how terrible sin is. Sin results in death, even the death of an innocent animal.

The good deed that Adam & Eve tried to do for themselves in covering their nakedness was hopeless and not accepted by God. Instead, God Himself covered their shame, guilt and sins with the blood-stained skin garments from a sacrificed animal. This was the only way Adam & Eve could be properly covered, forgiven and accepted again by God.

Remember, this was the consequence of ONE single sin that Adam & Eve committed.

How many sins have you & I committed all our lives? Let’s say you commit just one sin a day, and assuming you are 25 years old, for example. You would have committed a total of 9,125 sins of disobedience against God in your life!  How many good deeds have you done? You think your good deeds can save you? Would you say you have 10,000 good deeds to your name? And how do you know if your good deeds are even accepted by God?  You could be doing a good deed but you could be doing it out of pride! Does such a “tarnished” good deed count in God’s sight? God says your so-called “good deeds” are like filthy rags to Him!

Adam & Eve did not escape punishment even though it was just ONE sin! Do you think you and I can escape punishment for our multitude of sins? Adam & Eve’s good efforts were rejected by God.  There is a lesson here for us. Man cannot save himself no matter how hard he tries and no matter how many good deeds he does. Only God can save us. He has to provide forgiveness of our sins on HIS terms, not ours.

Thousand of years later when, John the Baptist saw Jesus, he exclaimed: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”

Hebrews 9:28

So also Christ died once, for all time, as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Jesus is God’s sacrifice for all your sins. You can either accept God’s sacrifice for your sins and be forgiven, like Adam & Eve did. Or you can go ahead and keep pursuing 1,000,000 good deeds in your life but still never have any assurance if your good deeds are accepted until you leave this world. By that time, it will be too late when you are shown that your good deeds did not measure up!

There is only one way. There is no other way. Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except though Me.” John 14:6

Let Jesus cover your sins for you so that YOU can be accepted by God.