Life or death, that is the choice before us every day. We can choose sin, which leads to death, or we choose Jesus, which leads to life. Life in Jesus gives us freedom from sin. This is an integral part of the life of faith. Why? Jesus died to give us victory, to free us from sin, and therefore, death. It is when we accept Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, that sin’s hold on us is broken, allowing us to fight from victory.
Sin = Death
Genesis 2 tells the story of how sin and death entered the world; when mankind broke covenant with God and sinned, death entered the world. Romans 5:12 states, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” (ESV)
Galatians 6:7-8 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. for the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (ESV) Be aware, therefore, if you continue in sin, if you continually make the choice of flesh and self over the leading of the Holy Spirit, you will reap corruption and death.
But there is hope. Pastor Steven said on Sunday, “Sin never backs down, kill sin or it will kill you.” How do we end the cycle of sin and death? We must not “reason” with it, rationalize it, or ignore it. It must be recognized, addressed, confessed, and defeated. Jesus came to give victory over sin!
Romans 6:23 — “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin may equal death, but God’s gift, salvation, equals eternal life. When we walk in faith, we fight from victory and we kill sin, we receive life!
Jesus Brings Life
Though believers in Jesus Christ never achieve perfection, they can live in victory over sin and bondage because of the freedom purchased by the resurrection of Jesus. His resurrection brings victory to our lives, victory over sin, victory over death, victory over Satan.
John 14:6 states — “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (ESV) You see, He has already paid the price to defeat sin and to bring life. This life is a promised resurrection for all who believe and an eternity with Him in Heaven, but that is not all!
His promise of life begins here, today. Jesus promises in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (ESV) See, the life Jesus wants to give us is a joy-filled, peace-filled life of abundance and blessing, not only in the life to come, but also in the here and now as we serve Him.