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Summary: Is the sinlessness of Jesus vital to the message of Good Friday?

Good Friday

April 18, 2003

One of the mainline denominations in the USA is in an uproar this Easter because one of its chief bishops gave an Easter message in which he said that Jesus was a sinner. He said that we need to repent of our sins in the same way that Jesus did when He was baptized by John the Baptist in his baptism of repentance.

Why is this issue so important? Was Jesus indeed sinless and does Scripture make a big deal about it? Why is it so vital that Jesus be without sin?

Was Jesus without sin?

A. The virgin birth means Christ was born without a sin nature.

B. Jesus resisted temptation without sinning.

Luke 4:1-13 (quickview) 

C. The Scripture declares that He did not sin

NIV Hebrews 4:15 (quickview)  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin.

NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21 (quickview)  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Why is it important that Christ is Sinless?

A. A sinless sacrifice was necessary to pay for our sin.

NIV Galatians 3:13 (quickview)  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."

NIV 1 Peter 3:18 (quickview)  For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

NIV Romans 8:1 (quickview)  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,

Heb 9:6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.

7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.

12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.

14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!


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