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Bearing the Sins of Many (Hebrews 9:28)

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible repeatedly says that the soul that sins shall bear his iniquity (Leviticus 5:1, 17). How does a man bear his iniquity? The answer is quite simple: by suffering the consequences of those sins. Thus, the scripture says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). The apostle Paul confirmed the point by stating, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). A lost man who sins has the unfortunate burden of continually bearing his own sins. Why? Because he has not trusted in Christ’s payment for sins. “Christ was . . . offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28). It is Christ “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). Thus, man’s choice is whether to continue to bear his own sin or allow Christ to bear it for him through His death on the cross.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Through Adams disobedience, sin entered into the world (Romans 5:12) and every man has to bear his own sin (Numbers 15:31). However, the Lord Jesus Christ came to bear your sin (Isaiah 53:4-6, 12; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4). Will you accept Him today (Romans 10:13)?
  • (For everyone): Are you going to bear your own sins, or did Christ bear them for you on the cross? Why is this so important? What happens to those who seek to bear their own iniquities?
  • In what ways did Christ bear our sins in His body while on the cross? What is the significance of the phrase that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness (1 Peter 2:24)?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for bearing your sins.
  • Ask God to teach you more about what He did for you.