Saturday, 18 June 2011

Is Jesus focused on Sin?

I read this quote on a blog post ".... A good mix theologically, as well.  We have done a good job so far of emphasizing love and toleration over doctrine.

we are not as organized, could use more leadership, but very generous and giving.  maybe too lax with sin at times, but try to be patient.  I am proud to be a part of it.
"   Someone replied: "Jesus was not too sin focused either...except when He was dealing with the Pharisees."

I think I know what the commentator is saying but as a Christian I believe that Christ is/was very focused on sin and sinners.  He mixed regularly with people that society (in other words:  US, more to the point ME!) would find difficult.  He didn't seem bothered by petty local conventions of the day.  He spoke out against the hypocrisy of the religious rulers often and didn't mince his words with them.  But he was still focused on sin, still had the sinful nature of man very much in his thoughts and was determined to do something about it.  He hates sin and the havoc it wrecks on the lives of those made in His image.

In the gospels in the bible we read many times of Jesus helping people in a variety of different ways.  He healed the sick and often forgave their sins at the same time (sometimes before He healed them)!  He stopped the women caught in adultery being stoned; He didn't condemn but urged her to 'sin no more'.  He preached against behaviours that could be called sin. After an hour with Jesus, Zaccheus started offering to hand back any money he had stolen.

Also, when saying Jesus wasn't sin focused, I have to ask 'What about the Cross?'  I believe that Christ died on the Cross because of sin.  He died to take the punishment for sin.  He died to reconcile sinful humans to Himself.  He focused so much on sin that He willingly did this; taking separation from His Father in order that those who believe will not have to endure it.  He focused on sin so that we could have a better life here on earth and in heaven. 

I firmly believe that Christians should be focused on sin and sinners just like Jesus. We should go out into the world and preach the good news of Jesus (which includes sin) and help the sick, disaffected etc etc of Society.  Jesus did both and so should we.

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