Summary: A sermon focused on Hebrews 7:26-27 (Outline and material adapted from Charles Spurgeon's sermon on the same text http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2693.htm)
Have the children come up front and do a Children’s Minute (From Sermons 4 Kids http://www.sermons4kids.com/big_sin_little_sin.htm)
In Romans 3:23 the Bible says … All have sinned & come short of God’s glory.
Do you know the definition of SIN? 1 John 3:4 says that sin is lawlessness or a violation of God’s Law. Sin is a Word, Thought or Act against the Law of God. What we need to know ….. is there BIG sin & little sin ??
If someone asks you if you are having a good time and you say yes, even though you are not having a good time, is that LIE a little sin compared to someone in court who has taken an oath?
Or if you steal a piece of candy, is that a LITTLE Sin compared to someone who robs a bank?
How about if you hit someone, is that a LITTLE sin ? Compared to shooting them with a gun?
In Old Testament times, according to Leviticus 6:24-30, when people did things the Lord told them not to do, they had to kill a goat or a lamb as a sin offering. Did it over and over
Hebrews 7:27 tells us that when Jesus died, he offered his sacrifice for sins once and for all time.
So let’s look at our examples again…wouldn’t you agree that ....a LIE, big or small is still a LIE... and hurting someone whether in a small way or a big way is still wrong … and stealing something small or LARGE is still stealing and according to God’s Law that’s WRONG ! ! !.
So any sin is the same. They’re not BIG or small... they’re SINS! And Jesus would still have to DIE to atone or overcome that SIN.
The idea of a sacrifice is found in most religions. Priests, altars and sacrifices are common.
The Gentiles had distorted ideas about God and distorted ideas about sacrifice. Paul had to deal with the issue of meat being sacrificed to idols.
Mankind has always had some concept of deity. He often has tried to offer some kind of sacrifice to his God to please or appease Him. Those having no connection with the Jewish faith, like the American Indian, have always had rituals of sacrifice involving a holy man or a priest, an altar and a sacrifice.
In the case of the Aztec Indians, the sacrifice was human. Sacrifices were usually not this gruesome or inhumane, but most times it involved blood.
For some reason, mankind knows that we cannot appear before deity without some kind of sacrifice. Man feels that a price must be paid. For what? For his lack of devotion or his sins.
Have we ever felt that way? We have done wrong and a penalty must be paid.
Some teach today that God (whatever name they want to give him) will forgive everything because He is so loving. Doesn’t this go against what we know to be right? We rebel against God, we blaspheme God, we despise God,—we may cheat, we may lie, we may murder, and God will forgive and let us into heaven without any punishment or even acknowledgement.
Human society would go to pieces under such an arrangement and do we think that God will do us any differently? "If God does not punish me for my sin, he ought to do so."