My computer virus protection system detected and removed three harmful cookies from somewhere in the system. I have no idea what that means, except that my computer is now safe. I wish my waistline had a comparable detection and removal system.
We surround our lives with many types of detection and removal systems. For example, most homes have smoke detectors, which warn us of fire, and security systems that alert us to intruders. These systems can warn us of potential danger, but they can’t stop the danger once it occurs. Still we will spend thousands of dollars to be aware of any dangers that may be lurking in our lives.
Sin is a danger. It threatens our spiritual lives. Still our response to the danger caused by sin is to deny its existence. We can ignore sin but that does not remove it from our lives or protect us from its consequences. We will avoid reading the Scriptures because we do not want to hear about sin. We think if we discount sin it will just go away on its own. We don’t need to look very far into the world or our own lives to discover the lie in that thinking. Sin does not go away on its own.
Jesus Christ is God’s own detection-and-removal method for sin. His becoming a man was for the purpose of destroying sin’s grip on the world through His death on the cross. God willingly placed His Son in the cradle, so He could willingly go to the cross and save us from our sin.
If we deny our sin, we are also denying the work of Christ the Savior. Jesus said, “But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33 ESV).
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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