“What can I say, I’m just sinful.” We are lead to believe that sinfulness is the overarching quality of all of humanity. Sinfulness defines us, makes us act the way we act and do the things we don’t want to do. It is true, in one sense. We have all betrayed Jesus. Just as Judas did at the last supper, each of us has dipped our hand in the bowl and said, “Surely it is not I.” As Paul puts very plainly in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
The greatest truth often takes a back seat to our state of sinfulness. However, because of that first Holy Week, we are offered a very different reality. Before we get lulled into believing that sin defines us, let’s take a look at verse 25 of Rms 3 for the rest of the story. “(Jesus Christ) whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.” What Paul is communicating to the Jews and Gentiles in Rome is that Christ is the substitute for the mercy seat. Sinners didn’t have to look to the mercy seat on the Day of Atonement anymore. On the Day of Atonement, the blood was sprinkled on this mercy seat to cover the tables of Law within the ark. God did not look at the broken Law; He saw the blood. Christ became OUR mercy seat! His blood does not just cover sin; it takes away sin.
The truth: we are no longer defined by sin, but by forgiveness and wholeness. We have been restored completely by the Cross. Our hearts have been made good again and we are free to live the life for which God originally designed us. The temptation is to live out of our sin. That’s not the invitation though, not even close. Jesus desires nothing short of union with us. May it be no longer we who live but He who lives in us.
Lie: We are defined by our sin
Truth: Our hearts are good, clean and forgiven
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6