Sin, the Problem, Jesus, the Solution

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

Recently I was talking with one of the pastors of my church about how they write their Sunday morning teachings, and what he told me really stuck with me. He said that in every teaching, they always try to include the message that sin is the problem, but Jesus is the solution. What a beautiful, simple truth!

The Gospel is the good news of Jesus, the truth that God loved us so much that He sent his son to die for us. We could never make ourselves clean or good enough to be with God because of our sin, and yet Jesus took on the sin of the world in order that we might be set free and be reunited with God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we find the answer to the questions that rule our heart. And the best news is that we not only receive salvation, but we receive Jesus’s presence with us every moment of every day of our lives. His loving presence helps us navigate every hard circumstance:

When our hearts feel crippled by fear, Jesus offers His peace.

When we find ourselves wrapped up in the sin we thought we were over, Jesus again offers us freedom and healing.

When we find ourselves rejected, Jesus offers us acceptance.

When we find ourselves anxious and discontent, Jesus offers us joy and contentment.

When we find ourselves in circumstances that feel too hard to bear alone, Jesus offers His presence, guidance, and wisdom.

I could go on, but the truth is that the sin of the world–whether it’s our own sin or something that’s been done to us or others–is no match for Jesus. His goodness, love, and presence help us navigate every circumstance of our lives. We don’t have to have all the answers. All we have to do is seek after Him and do what He would have us do. Jesus is our good guide and our solution. Praise be to God!

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