Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"That's Your Problem"

I remember a conversation I had with my mom when I was a very young child.  I had done something I wasn't supposed to do and when my mom confronted me about it I said, "But the devil made me do it."  That was when I learned the difference between temptation and sin.  She explained that he didn't make me do anything, I chose to give in to temptation.  Peer pressure during our school years can also put temptation on us because we want to please our friends.  However, when we are caught our friends aren't going to be the ones to raise their hands and say, "We gave him/her the idea!"  If anything, we'd probably hear, "You did it, not me!"  Even as adults, we are really quick to shed any blame off ourselves and point our fingers to someone else.  The verses I am looking at show us how Judas discovered this reality.  Please use the link and read Matthew 27:1-10.

"What do we care.  That's your problem?"  That was the response Judas received from those who used him to betray Jesus.  Really, they were responsible for the planning and plotting of Jesus' arrest; however, they wanted nothing to do with Judas' sudden change of heart.  They were not the ones who betrayed a friend; they simply provided the opportunity.  The reality is, they were already sinking and there was no way they would have been able to help Judas.  Sadly, the very One who had the power to help was the very One Judas had just betrayed.  Judas was looking for absolution from the wrong place.

There are plenty of things in this world that tempt us and open new doors to sin; however, we are still responsible for our own actions.  Even if someone else was sinning in a way that created a temptation for us, we still have to answer for our sin.  In fact, when we point our fingers back at the tempter, we will find no sympathy:  "I'm not the one who destroyed your marriage.  You are the one who decided to look at my pornography."  "I'm not the one who made the bomb.  I just wrote the book on it."  Let's face it, the world is already in so deep in sin, there is no way that we will see the world try to help us out of our sin.  The only One who can help pull us out is Jesus.  This is because, even though He has absolutely no sin, He still considered our sin His problem.

Do you see the difference?  The world is too bogged down in its own sin to help us with our sin problem; however, Jesus decided that our problem was His problem.  And He did something about it to help pull us out.  He loves us so much that He took on our sin and died even though He was innocent.  We just have to believe that truth.

Do you believe that Jesus took your sin on His shoulders in order to save you?

This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.


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