Result of Sin
As a pastor I have come to hate sin because of the damage it does to peoples’ lives.
As a Christian I have come to hate sin because of the damage it does to my relationships.
As a person I have come to hate sin because it prevents me from being the best I can be.
The end result is that sin has a huge impact on our lives!
Sin is full of being:
- In the wrong place at the wrong time;
- With the wrong people;
- Making the wrong choices!
Let’s look at Mark 5:1-20 “They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.”
What do we know about this man?
- He is the ultimate outcast
- Can’t chain him up
- He lives in the tombs
- Cutting Himself
Mark 5:6-10 continues “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torment me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
Isn’t that what sin likes to do
- It likes to justify itself
- It likes to reason with you
- It wants to stick around in your life.
You have tried to deal with your sin, fix it, and in the end all you can do is hide it from others.
- Sin is not something we fix. It is a part of us.
- The church treats sin like a specific act.
- That is only the fruit of something that is already living within us.
Jesus is the only one with the answer to fix our problem of sin.
Mark 5:11-20 “A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.”
It is amazing that the people didn’t want Jesus around.
- Money and economy is more important than a person
- They don’t want to deal with their sin problem
- It says they were afraid
Sin does this to us.
It makes us afraid of coming before the one who has the answers to our problems
Remember what the devil wants to do with your life
Jesus has the answer to our sin issue.
1 Corinthians 15: 54-56 tells us that “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jesus is the only one who answers the issue of sin.
And we have a sin problem.
Romans 7:18-20 says, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it”
Here is what we have a problem with
- We have sin living within us
Jesus is the only one who has an answer for the sin living within us.
We are going to start a series looking at the cycle of sin through the Book of Judges. he cycle looks like this:
- Cry out to God/ repentance
- Sin starts all over again