Jesus Died for Our Sins | Devotion #3: Colossians 2:13-14
Jayson Combs | Family Pastor
What is a sin? Have you sinned before? These are the questions that I often ask when speaking to children in regards to salvation. This question must be answered for us to move on in regards to salvation. Colossians 2:13 says, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses.” The word trespasses can also be translated as sin. It is a pretty straightforward statement – because of sin, we are dead.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the country of Israel. While we were there, we made a stop at the Dead Sea. Driving along the sea was amazing. The blue water with the mountains reflecting off the water is breathtaking. As you get closer, you realize why they call it the Dead Sea. There is no life in and around the Dead Sea. It is just desert, sand, salt, and rocks. It is hard for me to imagine this huge body of water having zero life in it – no fish, no plants, nothing. It is pretty, but it is dead.
This is the picture of our lives without Jesus. We can have a pretty outside, but without the saving grace of Jesus, we are dead. I am so happy that verse 13 does not stop there. The rest of this passage goes on to say, “God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
If you grew up in church, and especially in a youth group, you most likely had a service where you nailed a piece of paper to a cross. Usually, what happens is the speaker at the end of his lesson tells the students that they can take their piece of paper and write any sins on the paper. Then they are invited to come up to a cross and nail that paper to it. That symbolic event comes from this passage of Scripture. It is the picture of what Jesus does for us on the cross. The debt of sin that all of us carry can only be forgiven when they are taken to the cross. Jesus came so our sins could be forgiven. We no longer live in death when we confess Him as Lord and Savior, but in life and eternity.