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Devotional - week of December 8, 2002


JESUS CAME TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS

… He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. … 1 John 3:5

Ask someone why Jesus came to this earth. If the person has an answer at all, it likely will be, “To die for our sins.”

We can praise God every day that Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins that we might become children of God.

Through the blood of Jesus we can receive daily forgiveness of ours sins. This forgiveness removes the barriers that our sins create between God and us. It takes away the guilt caused by our sins.

We can also praise God that Jesus came to take away our sins.

It is good that God forgives our sinful anger through the blood of Jesus. It is better that there be no sinful anger at all.

In Jesus “there is no sin.” No one will ever be able to say that of us. But because Jesus came to take away our sins, we can move in that direction.

If we have a deep love for the Lord and deep hatred of our sins, we can begin today experiencing the taking away of our sins.

Romans 6:3-5 teaches that all believers are crucified, buried, and resurrected. By obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13, we experience our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

By obeying those commands, we experience our death to sin and being alive to God. When that happens, the process of the taking away of our sins has begun.

When God begins taking away the sins that have disturbed us, He shows us sins we have not been aware of and He begins taking those sins away. No sin is so deep-rooted that it is beyond His power to take away.

It must bring much joy to the heart of Jesus when God’s children begin to enjoy the experience of their sins being taken away—a blessing made possible through His coming to earth.