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I killed Him!

English: The National Sin Offering, illustrati...

English: The National Sin Offering, illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up until today I had always thought of the priest as the one who killed the sacrifice in the Old Testament.  A person would disobey one of the commandments, they would bring a lamb, or what have you depending on the sin and their personal financial status.  The priest would kill the animal and then away they would go.
Leviticus 4:28-29 “Or if his sin which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.  And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.”

Who did the killing?

 

Go ahead read it again, the one who sinned.  Not the priest, the priest would bring the blood before the lord.  But the actual killing was done at the front door.  And it was not done by the priest but by the one who had done wrong.
I sin, I kill.  No one else can do the killing for me.  To do the killing is to take responsibility.  Only by killing the sacrifice can I receive forgiveness, for there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.
Jesus became that sacrifice for you and I.  We killed him by our actions, our failures, our disobedience, our sin.  And tho I know that, I still find myself doing wrong, even when I know what’s right.  Because of that sin he died, that willful, self-indulgence drove the nails through his hands and pierced his side.
If I would only pause a moment before I took that action.  Stopped to see the creator of the universe, his body racked in agony, the consequences of my actions, would I  behave the way I do?  Or would I pause, contemplate the out comes of my actions.  Stopping to take in the pain and suffering I cause because of my selfishness, maybe if I had to physically kill the Lord of all I would not run to sin so quickly.  Yet I don’t, I often just plow ahead doing my own thing.

If you and I really believed that Christ died because of our sins would we ever purposefully sin again?

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So the other day my mind started going places I really don’t want it to go.  To a life I used to live, and unfortunately with considerable zeal, & I find myself wondering why.  That life, that old me I gave up, turned away from, and made a vow to never return.  No I didn’t follow thru on the thoughts but only because of the grace of God, not to mention his strength/mercy.

Do you ever wonder if “Christian Living” is even possible?

I’m thinking is it any wonder that so many that are held up as leaders of spiritual matters fail (some not just falling but jumping off the cliff). Jesus said plainly that if a man even lusts after a woman he has already sinned, yet how many laughed at former President Carter over his confession of that very same sin.  Do we think Jesus was joking?  I cannot speak for anyone else if for no other reason than the simple fact that I cannot know your heart or your mind.  But for me I will take it literally and believe God meant it.

Is living a life for Christ too much to ask?

So can I be free of that?  This sin of thought.  I don’t know but it seems that God would not make us in such a way that sin can not be conquered.  After all how many times does Peter, Paul and others write that sin “HAS” been conquered.  Notice they did not say could but has.  So thru the power of God and by the holy spirit living within me it is possible.  And yet even Paul, old camel knees, speaks to doing what he doesn’t want to do and not doing that he wants to.  Not an easy path, this Christian life I’ve chosen, but what’s the alternative?
I suppose I could walk away from God, and the church but then what?  As the philosopher once said, “The problem with knowing a thing is that once you know it, you can’t un-know it”. I could pretend I suppose, but what good would that do?  What about you, do you sometimes wish you didn’t know what you should do?  Maybe thinking it would have been easier being left in ignorance?
Me either but some days I do have to take a step back, take a deep breath, and then push forward.  Usually changing location and a lot of prayer helps.  Other days I find myself not really wanting to avoid my old self.  “Should we continue in sin that grace may abound?  God forbid.” Romans 6:1-2.
When your on overload and ready to give up what do you do?  Is it getting better, or do you stop and wonder?