Many people in the West would never consider themselves sinners. They say: “I haven’t murdered anyone, I haven’t robbed a bank or mugged anyone.”
Many things that the Bible calls sin would not be recognised as such today because they are seen as normal and there are even laws to stop us saying anything against such things.
The Ten Commandments
But God’s standards are so much higher than ours.
Jesus summed up the 10 commandments in Matthew 22:37-40
... as loving God with everything you have
and loving others as you love yourselves.
In other words treat others as you would like to be treated.
Session 3 Keynote
What it comes down to is, if we are selfish in any way,then we are sinners. Paul says in Romans 3:23 … all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standards.
God is pure and holy and cannot look on sin, so our sin has broken the relationship we could have with Him. We are separated from God.
I don’t suppose any of us are happy with our sin. We can feel dirty, or polluted and we can affect, infect or pollute others through our sin. Just think of gossip — if we talk about someone unpleasantly behind their back then the person to whom we are talking may agree or add something to it so they sin as well. Very often one thing leads to another and we are trapped into continuing and the sin has power over us.
Think about lying. If we lie, we often have to cover ourselves by lying again, and then need to continue lying to cover the previous lies.
Sin separates us from God because He is Holy and cannot be contaminated with our sin Isaiah 59:1-2.
Now all that sounds pretty bad for us, so what chance have we got! Well, God has a solution. In fact God had a plan to save mankind right back in the Garden of Eden and the first prophecy about Jesus was given then.
The Sacrificial System
Throughout Scripture God gave prophecies about Jesus that only He fulfilled. Even where he’d be born, where He would grow up, how He would be killed and where He would be buried. Watch the Sacrificial System. When do you think Isaiah 53 was written?