I am so tired of this “sin scale” that we have seemed to justifiably placed. Who are we and how do we think that we are suddenly the ones who can place ranks on sin? Sure, some sin seem “bigger” or worse then others because of the obvious reasons, murder, adultery, stealing. This is a huge deal. Lock them in hell, throw away the key. Wait, says who exactly? Cause I can tell you one thing right now, the “little” sins such as lying & disobedience should get us hell too. We all deserve to be thrown into the pit, and to be cut off from the Heavenly Father. They all separate us from the One who can’t look upon sin.
Ever notice how easy it can be to become angry about someone else’s sin? Someone does us wrong and we get so heated, so mad, so bitter. What’s ironic is when we look closer and examine ourselves; we are usually committing the same sins. Maybe not in an obvious manner or maybe even in a way that is socially more “acceptable” but where is the “sin scale” in the Bible? We judge others who have murdered physically, yet look further. Has there ever been a time in your life you have kept the message of Jesus Christ and His salvation from someone when you felt called to share? Where then, lies the difference in physical and spiritual murder? What if that was the only opportunity that person had to hear about Christ? Eye opener. Can we so easily judge and gossip about someone committing adultery yet in Matthew 5:27-28 says “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Uh Oh..
How easy it becomes to be a Pharisee. To get caught up in the logistics. To rate our sin according to the scale we have made up. It is often stated if Jesus hadn’t eaten with sinners, He would have eaten alone. It is so true. From Pharisee to prostitute, no one “deserves” heaven. We were sinful at birth (Psalm 51:5)
Until the One who came to BECOME sin, took it on for us. When He died, He was still sinless yet He became it. May not make sense in our minds but He literally took the nails, the crown, the piercings, the insults and cheers for us. The sinless Sin-bearer. At the very end of his crucifixion, he cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” I honestly believe this means that God turned his back and couldn’t look at Jesus because of the sin he bore. Can you imagine the extreme pain of that separation when the veil was torn as He took on the ultimate sacrifice?
When we are placing sin on a holiness scale we are ultimately saying that His blood isn’t sufficient enough for one sin over the other. We are disregarding the cross, the grace that was shown to all of us. Not one sin over the other. Its time we stop being Pharisees and look past sin to the person. Stop downplaying or underestimating the power of the cross. It’s time we take up our own & love like Him.
His grace guides and directs you . . . ”I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye,” (Psalm 32:8).
His grace hears your cry and carries your burdens and sorrows . . . ”The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth,” (Psalm 145:18). “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows,” (Isaiah 55:4).
His grace provides for all your needs . . . ”But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:19).
His grace keeps you going . . . ”. . . but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,” (II Corinthians 4:16).
His grace never leaves you alone . . . ”My presence will go with thee, and I will give thee rest,” (Exodus 33:14).
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9