Coming this Sunday: Message 4 of Christ Crucified
Christ Crucified For Our Expiation
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
Sin produces guilt. But our sin does more than that. It also produces shame. The Scriptures speak of our sin using various metaphors like nakedness, uncleanness, and defilement. When we sin or are sinned against, our souls are stained, and we feel dirty. We are ashamed. And we stand powerless to clean ourselves or remove our shame. Yet the good news of Jesus is that on the cross, Christ was crucified for our expiation – for our cleansing. At the cross, our sin is removed from us and our souls are cleansed. Our filth is purged and we stand clean and unashamed in Christ. This Sunday, we consider the cleansing work of Christ crucified.
Scripture: Leviticus 16: 30; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 1:5-10
Questions to Consider:
1. What are some of the images that the Bible uses to describe our sinful state? (Ps. 106:39; Prov. 30:11; Mark 7:20; Lam 4:14; Gen 34:5; 1 Chron. 5:1; Lev. 21:14)
2. Has sin ever caused you to feel unclean, defiled, or ashamed?
3. What is expiation? How would you explain it to a co-worker?
4. How does Jesus cleanse us (from our sins and the sins committed against us)? (Lev. 16; 1 John 1:9)
5. In light of the doctrine of expiation, how is Christ crucified precious to you today?