Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2017/12/jesus-came-to-save-sinners.html
“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Timothy 1:15 NRSV)
People do not talk much about sin these days. The psychiatrist’s couch has replaced the mourners’ bench for many people, and obedience to a higher moral authority has given way to doing your own thing. Yet we are not at peace. We suffer from a feeling of alienation — spiritual disease — from which we yearn for deliverance. We may call it many things; the Bible calls it sin.
If there is no higher authority to whom we might be disobedient, then, of course the idea of sin becomes nonsense. But if there is a Creator who so wants our love to the extent that God demonstrates in Jesus Christ, then sin cannot be brushed away by calling it something else…
The One born in Bethlehem’s manger comes to show us what and who we ought to be and to take from us the burdens of unbelief and hardheartedness from which we cannot unburden ourselves. Jesus sets us free from sin.
— Robert Luccock in “Come to the Cradle”