Who’s to blame for your sin? Sin. What ever happened to sin? We live in an age where it’s standard for politicians to lie to us on a daily basis or a convenient basis, whichever is most expedient to their agenda. If we point out the inconsistencies with the actual truth we are branded as simple and not understanding the nuances. What does “ear mark” mean? What is “is”? They are still saying one thing and doing another. Some speak in half truths to lead us away from their true intentions. Only telling half the truth serves the same intention as a lie. It’s meant to deceive.
I’m sure none of us ever act like that. OK. That’s not even a ½ truth. Although it’s politically correct, it’s a complete lie. Now I’ve confessed. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
How about you? When’s the last time you didn’t tell the whole truth about a situation? You didn’t tell the whole truth because you meant to completely deceive. Maybe we should be honest with ourselves about our intentions. No, we must be honest with ourselves about our intentions. Otherwise we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Oh yeah, I was talking about sin and whatever happened to it. It has been with us all along; we just lie about its reality. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” This is the verse that comes right before the one about confessing our sin. Whether it’s a sin of commission such as lying or stealing, or a sin of omission (something I should have done but didn’t), we are all sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23)
Since this is true, we all have a problem: “For the wages of sin is death”(Romans 6:23a). Death is to be separated from God. We are stuck with that debt. Unless. . . we can find someone else to take the blame. Here is the crux of Christianity: Jesus took the blame for our sin on the cross. “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”(Isaiah 53:4-6)
How could Jesus take the blame for our sins? The blood sacrifice had to be spotless, without sin. “Because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering. . . My Servant will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. . . Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”(Isaiah 53:9b, 10a, 11b, 12b)
Confess your sin debt and ask Jesus to pay it. He won’t forgive if you don’t ask. If you don’t ask, you’ve only yourself to blame.