Jesus died for our sins. This is something we all say. What does that mean though? In the old covenant people were always having to give sacrifices, and usually sacrificing the best of what they had. Why did Jesus have to atone for our sin? Let’s refer to Genesis in order to figure out what sin does and it’s relationship to God and man.
Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do. Then, God came a’ walkin through the garden. They hid! That’s right! Here comes God, who abundantly cares for Adam and Eve. They could have ran to Him in a loving embrace with their Father, instead, they felt shame. This shame caused them to go into the darkness, to be deceitful, to hide. In order for them to continue to have a relationship with Him, God helped them to verbally admit to Him what they had done.
Next, He made clothing for them. In order to make clothing He had to sacrifice an animal. Maybe it was in order to atone for their sin. To point to Jesus.
Where do our sins go?
Here is some scripture to help us along:
Matthew 16: 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.
Mark 14: 36 And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
John 3: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Romans 6: For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For He that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him.
For in that He died, He died unto sin once:
but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All of these things are obviously pointing to a single answer. We can follow the law all we want, but if we have not turned to Christ, we must! We can say that we are Christian all we want, but if we have not turned to Christ, we must! We can sin and fall short and be lazy all day, but if we have turned to Christ, we have salvation and He is using our strife to do His will.
In the Old Testament there was always one man who lead a bunch of grumbling Israelites to the truth. Abiding by the law, most of them had not yet given their hearts to Christ. Today we all have the opportunity to be that one man, and the grumblers are loved and given favor none-the-less. Today most of us do not follow the law and have given our lives to Christ. In stead od a bunch of people who seemed holy, but have not been born again, we now have a bunch of people who really do not seem holy at all yet are born again.
Soon, before Christ returns there will be a majority of people who follow the laws again. I wonder if it will be a step backward to non-born again folks, or forward to folks who have been born again and have become spiritual toddlers. I hope it is forward.