Jesus - Hope for Sin

Romans 3: 19-26 (NIV)

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Have you ever had the experience of asking someone how much something costs and they reply with, “Don’t worry about it, I’ve got you covered”? For many of us this can be an uncomfortable situation; maybe more so it is difficult for us because we tend to feel as though we have done nothing to deserve an offer like that.

This same concept often applies to how we view the gift of salvation. We have done nothing in order to be worthy of the gift but yet we find ourselves at a crossroads of whether or not we will accept the gift.  In Romans 3: 19-26 we find that the law (the ten commandments) makes us aware of our sin but there is no way we will ever be able to be made right with God on our own. We must accept this free gift to be made right with God. There are no strings attached to the gift of salvation. It doesn’t matter your background, where you have been or what you have done. Jesus is still offering his gift of salvation to us no matter what—no strings attached. Jesus is the hope for sin through redemption; all we need to do is receive through faith the gift of salvation.

By: Anna Nienhuis