Sin is not something the world enjoys to hear about. Even closer to home, sin is not something a lot of self-professing Christians think wise to talk much about or even at all. Talk of sin has become, to many, a sin.
But, although its popular to make talk of sin unpopular, the simple question I would like to pose is, “What happens if we lose sight of the sinfulness of our sin?” I know, it’s a loaded question. There are many answers one could give. But, there is one thing in particular you shouldn’t miss: to lose sight of sin will result in losing sight of the gospel.
I will let Paul Washer tease that out for you:
The greatest reason for making much of sin is that it exalts the gospel. You cannot see the beauty of the stars in midday sky because the light of the sun eclipses them. However, after the sun sets and the sky becomes black as pitch, you can see the stars in the full force of their splendor. So it is with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can only see its true beauty against the backdrop of our sin. The darker Man appears, the brighter the gospel shines.
It is striking that when true believers in Jesus Christ hear a sermon regarding man’s depravity, they walk out of the church bursting with joy and filled with a new zeal to follow Christ. It is not because they take sin lightly or find some satisfaction in their former sinful state. Rather, the truth fills them with unspeakable joy, because in the greater darkness they saw more of Christ! We rob men of a greater vision of God because we will not give them a lower vision of themselves. (From The Gospel’s Power & Message).
If we want to make much of Jesus Christ, we must make much of sin. For the more bitter sin is to us, the sweeter Christ will be. The darker sin is in our eyes, the brighter Christ will shine. The more we understand our evil, the more we will cherish our Jesus. There is no sin so deep that Christ is not deeper still. Plumb the depths of your sin and you will begin to grasp the heights of Christ’s love.
Pingback: A Preacher’s Reflections | A Pilgrim's Friend
Pingback: Not Everyone is God’s Child | A Pilgrim's Friend