Friday, November 28, 2014

SERMON: Sinlessness of Jesus

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 9/6/2013

The New Testament teaches that Jesus was entirely free from sin.

We read in 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake, [God] made [Jesus] to be He who knew no sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  This verse explains how God assigned the responsibility of our sin to Christ, making it possible for Him to be punished justly for that sin.

The New Testament teaches that Jesus was entirely free from sin.

We read in 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake, [God] made [Jesus] to be He who knew no sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  This verse explains how God assigned the responsibility of our sin to Christ, making it possible for Him to be punished justly for that sin.

Being without sin means Jesus never disobeyed His Father; He loved God’s law and found joy in keeping it. In our fallen human nature, there always will come a time when we are reluctant to obey God. We will be tempted to evade moral and spiritual matters, to cut corners or take the easy way out, to be less than loving to others and get lost in self-pity for ourselves. All of these temptations came upon Jesus, but He did not yield to any of them.

For our salvation, it was necessary for Jesus to be free from sin — like a “lamb without blemish or spot.”

In the Old Testament sacrificial system, for a lamb to be an acceptable offering, it had to be free from all defect. This is why Christ’s sinlessness qualified Him to die for the sins of others. If He had been sinful, He would have needed a Savior Himself, and His death would have not helped us.

To understand this, it is necessary to understand that in the Incarnation God came as one person existing in two natures. Jesus was fully God and fully man. The difference in His human nature from ours is that sin was lacking. By nature, we are sinners. We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.

Jesus could not sin, but was able to be tempted. Satan tempted him by offering Jesus the easy way out if He would only bow down to Him and worship Him.  Jesus felt the temptation to retreat from the cross. At the times when Jesus was tempted, we must understand Jesus’ human nature was conformed to His divine nature. By virtue of Jesus perfect obedience, He alone is qualified to be our all-sufficient Savior.

 

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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