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I Have Sinned

Everyone sins; everyone falls short (Romans 3:23). That’s the bad news. But the good news is that Christ Jesus has built a bridge over the gap that was created by sin. God is holy and He can’t stand sin—sin is anything against God. So as we sin, we are moving ourselves away from God. The blood of Christ was poured out for each one of us to have a way to be righteous (right with God). Only if we believe in Him are we saved from the sin punishment. Even so, we must continue to repent for our sins and recognize our constant need for Jesus Christ.

When David sinned, he recognized that he sinned against God. When Nathan opened his eyes to this sinful act of adultery and murder, David repented. He changed his mind. He said, “I have sinned against the LORD.” He understood that truth and he recognized his need for forgiveness. Nathan revealed to him that God put away the sin.

God has also put away your sin if you believe in His Son. When you believe in Jesus, there is no longer the sin punishment of death. Instead, you are forgiven. You are redeemed. You are justified. Even so, it is important to repent whenever you are convicted of sin. Give it to God immediately. Recognize your need for His forgiveness. Understand He is the only way. Don’t let anything become a stumbling block in your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.’” – 2 Samuel 12:13 [ESV]

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The Price of Sin

I do not know many people who rejoice when it is time to read Leviticus. Most people try to avoid the book as much as possible because it is filled with so many commands and details to customs that are strange to people of our culture. We are not out sacrificing animals. We no longer have a need for that so we tend to skim over or skip Leviticus because it is deemed not relevant. But God gave us Leviticus for a reason and there is still so much we can glean from it today.

When I was reading Leviticus 1, it discussed the action of laying a hand on an animal’s head before it was sacrificed. It was considered to be a way to identify with the animal and understand that the animal’s life was given as a substitute for your life as a penalty to sin. The person was able to see the result of his sin and understand there were consequences. It was very real. We do not have animal sacrifices today because God so loved us that He sent Jesus to pay the price once for all. No more animal sacrifices. But something that we sometimes neglect to do is to identify—to grasp the cost of our sins.

Jesus paid it all. Jesus took our sin punishment. Sometimes because we know we are forgiven, we do not grasp the reality of our sins. Sin is wrong. Sin has consequences. Sin hurts people. Sin hurts you. Today I challenge you to consider the price that was paid, imagine this laying of hands—consider the reality of sin in your life and identify with Christ—walk in Christ.

“Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.” – Leviticus 1:4 [NLT]

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