13th February 2013

Turning Sin Over To Jesus

“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 2:16-17 (NIV 2011)

During 2012 there was a week when the news was dominated by two well known personalities. In the public eye, both of these celebrities had performed great works of good. But in shocking revelations, we discovered that they had very dark secrets. In one week, both of these people went from heroes to villains.

Humanity has always wanted to be free. God offered us the choice between two worlds; one where we lived in the grace of his direction and care, or one where we made all the rules. Desiring freedom, we chose the world where we ran things. Too late, we discovered that this wasn’t liberty after all, for we can too easily become slaves to our own passions and desires.

As God explained to Cain, “…If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7). Cain could not master his brooding jealousy, and killed his brother Abel.

The two personalities in the news are like Cain. They could not avoid being sucked into the black hole of their own ambition and power. And evil was the result. Our world is full of this bad news, with wars, financial scandals and relationship breakdowns filling our newspapers.

But there is also good news. Humanity has a champion who looked evil in the face and conquered it. The Devil dangled the desires of success, power and an easy life before Jesus. But Jesus would have none of it. “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’” (Matthew 4:10).

The One who lives in us through the Holy Spirit, is far greater than any evil that seeks to consume us. By ourselves, sin will always master us. However, when we give up our attempts at ruling our own worlds and give them over to Jesus, he will bring healing to our souls.

The newspapers are always full of bad news. But Jesus is our good news. It can be tempting to try and hide our sins, especially with a “cloak” of good works. But, as the two celebrities found out, hiding sin never works. It only makes it worse.  Let’s give up trying to be masters of our own destiny and hand over our faults to Jesus.

Jesus is our Lord. And we can trust Jesus, for we know that Satan has no hold on him.

Prayer
Dear Father, you know our sins. You also know those sins that we carefully try to hide from you. We turn them over to you today and look to your victory, for your Son has already defeated evil at its root. To you we sing our praise through our Lord Jesus.
Amen

Study by Ian Woodley

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