Sin is Put Away

…but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. – Hebrews 9:26

By His coming and sacrifice He accomplished many things; but His first end and object was “to put away sin.” You know what the modern babblers say: they declare that He appeared to reveal to us the goodness and love of God. This is true; but it is only the fringe of the whole truth. The fact is, that He revealed God’s love in the provision of a sacrifice to put away sin. Then, they say that He appeared to exhibit perfect manhood, and to let us see what our nature ought to be. Here also is a truth; but it is only part of the sacred design. He appeared, say they, to manifest self-sacrifice, and to set us an example of love to others. By His self-denial He trampled on the selfish passions of man. We deny none of these things; and yet we are indignant at the way in which the less is made to hide the greater…The great object of our Lord’s coming here was not to live, but to die. He hath appeared, not so much to subdue sin by His teaching, as to put it away by the sacrifice of Himself. The master purpose which dominated all that our Lord did, was not to manifest goodness, nor to perfect an example, but to put away sin by sacrifice. That which the moderns would thrust into the background, our Lord placed in the forefront. He came to take away our sins, even as the scapegoat typically carried away the sin of Israel into the wilderness that the people might be clean before the living God. The Lord Jesus has come hither as a priest to remove sin from His people: “Ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins.” Do not let us think of Jesus without remembering the design of His coming. I pray you, brethren, know not Christ without His cross, as some pretend to know Him. We preach Christ; so do a great many more: but, “we preach Christ crucified”; so do not so many more. We preach concerning our Lord, His cross, His blood, His death; and upon the blood of His cross we lay great stress, extolling much “the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” …The putting away of sin was a Godlike purpose; and it is a wellspring of hope to us that, for this reason, Jesus appeared among men. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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