He was…a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. ISAIAH 53:3
During the past few months we have seen a pandemic, justice issues, and violence spread through our nation. Each of these have affected us in different ways. To what extent depends on many factors that may be unique to you, but each of us have had some sorrows, some amount of grief.
I have heard people say, “This is unbearable.” Others say, “I’ve never seen things so bad.” And the all important question, “Why are things so bad?” The answer to that question is actually very simple, SIN! Unless sin is dealt with, sin will rule your life. The only way to deal with sin is through Jesus Christ the Savior. We have no idea what sorrow and grief are compared to our Lord. Listen to the prophet Isaiah in 53:3 - 6
“He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 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 scourging 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.”
I was reading from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, last week and his words have been ringing in my mind. Here is what Chambers said about sin.
Chambers writes: “We are not ‘acquainted with grief’ in the same way our Lord was acquainted with it. We endure it and live through it, but we do not become intimate with it. At the beginning of our lives we do not bring ourselves to the point of dealing with the reality of sin. We look at life through the eyes of reason and say that if a person will control his instincts, and educate himself, he can produce a life that will slowly evolve into the life of God. But as we continue on through life, we find the presence of something which we have not yet taken into account, namely, sin— and it upsets all of our thinking and our plans. Sin has made the foundation of our thinking unpredictable, uncontrollable, and irrational.
We have to recognize that sin is a fact of life, not just a shortcoming. Sin is blatant mutiny against God, and either sin or God must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue— if sin rules in me, God’s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that. The culmination of sin was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and what was true in the history of God on earth will also be true in your history and in mine— that is, sin will kill the life of God in us. We must mentally bring ourselves to terms with this fact of sin. It is the only explanation why Jesus Christ came to earth, and it is the explanation of the grief and sorrow of life.” My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
Sin has to be dealt with or it will rule our life. The answer to the question of why are things so bad, or why are people so hateful, angry, fighting, killing is SIN. Chambers states that sin will kill the life of God in us. On the other hand, Jesus Christ came and took on my sin to kill sin in my life so that the love of Christ Jesus would live in me and that love shared in the world through me. Sin must die. God does not coexist with sin. Either sin goes or He does.
I’ve been saying for years that the church has to pray for revival in the land until the Lord’s return. We have to live a life of the gospel and share and pray for others to do the same. We have to love God and love our neighbor. This is not an option.
I pray as you have read this article it has reminded you that your sin has to be dealt with or it will rule your life. Confession is good for the heart. Spend some time today in prayer with the One who took on our sin, our grief, our sorrow so that we might live.
Pastor Marty Duffell - HOPE Church Raleigh
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