Jesus Died for Our Sins | Devotion #2: Romans 3:23
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
I hate going to see a doctor! I always think to myself, “This will pass, and I will be fine,” no matter what it is. If I am sick, I never think that what I have is worth the trip, effort, and time it takes to see the doctor. Most of the time the doctor just tells you what you already know and charges you a fee to do so. Therefore, I am usually miserable until whatever I have “passes.” Can any of you relate to this type of thinking? Am I the only one?
This type of thinking reminds me of how the natural man views sin. Sin is not a problem to them. Human nature is not viewed as a bad thing. “There is nothing wrong with me, and I do not need a doctor,” they think to themselves. Why try to fix something if you do not think it is broke, right? The problem is that all of humanity is sick and in need of a doctor. We are debilitated with our selfishness.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The first step towards fixing any problem is recognizing that there is a problem. Jesus said in Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Once you realize you have a problem, you will be more apt to let someone fix it. This is our problem: All have sinned! All of humanity has been branded with sin. I have sinned (and still do). You sin. We have a sickness, a sickness that is destroying us. When we realize this, we allow God the opportunity to fix us.
When we come to the point of realization about our sin, humble ourselves, and repent of our sin, Jesus starts to work in our lives. He starts to heal our brokenness. He begins to remedy our sickness. He waits for us to come to Him. He is always there for us, too. Unlike the doctor, He does not charge us a fee to tell us what we already know. He paid the price!