22nd May 2017

The Cut of Sin

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29 (NKJV)

Why is sin bad? Because it causes harm to oneself or to others. This can be physically, mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually. Let’s consider the analogy of a cut. When we are careless we can cut ourselves. Sin is like that cut. We don’t deliberately mean to harm ourselves, but when we are not paying attention we can slip up and harm ourselves.

A cut bleeds, and the blood cleanses the wound. Sin needs the blood of Christ to cleanse the wounds and the harm that result from sin. (Matthew 26:28)

If we don’t disinfect the wound, it can fester. Like the sin of unforgiveness can lead to a root of bitterness. (Matthew 6:15 & Hebrews 12:15)

Cuts left open can become infected and grow bigger or even cause death. The Bible also likens sin to leaven or yeast that grows and puffs up. One sin tends to lead to another and each one makes it easier to sin the next time. The Bible speaks of searing your conscience (1 Timothy 4:2).

When we cut ourselves, we put a plaster or Bandaid over it to protect it from further injury and infection. In Old Testament times the sacrifices were like that plaster that covered sin (Hebrews 10:11), while what we really need is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to remove sin as far as east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). In Science Fiction movies they use a machine passing over the cut to heal it. The truth of the Gospel is a cut above any science fiction that man can dream up!

Prayer
Thank you, God, for healing the wounds of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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