Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Blood of Sin

Sin and it's allure will suck us in until we hit that downward spiral. Paul Harvey had a great illustration of our lust and sin leading to destruction. It is a story about how an Eskimo would kill a wolf. 

First the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood and then another until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. Next the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and he discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh, frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder, the wolf licks the blade into the Arctic night. So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf doesn't notice the razor sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue or that his thirst is being satisfied by his own warm blood. His carnivorous appetite just craves more and more until the dawn finds him dead in the snow.

And such is the case with our sin. Our lusts will lead us astray and our behavior will become more intense as the sinful acts fail to fully satisfy our desires. The Apostle Paul wrote about how we all indulged in the lusts of our flesh which led to condemnation and exposure to the wrath of God. Our lusts led us to sin just as the wolf was led to the knife. Self indulgence in each case led to a deepening of the desire that required greater satisfaction. Like the wolf, we found that we were feeding off of ourselves only to find destruction in its wake.

 Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

 Titus 3:1-3

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

The good news, however, is that God is loving and merciful. Though we are guilty and deserving of the penalty for our sin, eternal damnation, God is merciful and has offered the gift of eternal life to those who believe and trust in Him.

The blood of our sin can result in our payment for it through all eternity or it can be paid for by the blood that Jesus Christ has shed on the cross for us. The great gift is that while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ loved us enough to pay that penalty on our behalf.

Romans 5:7-9

For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Romans 10:8-10

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Satan has placed the knife in our path. The question that we need to answer is, "Will we attack the knife to satisfy our lusts and face the wrath of God, or will be surrender to God and allow the shed blood of Jesus Christ to wash us clean?"