Should We Talk To Kids About Sin?

Questioning ManThere is much debate today over what is a sin and what is not. The bottom line is that sin is disobeying God. Sin isn’t always doing something bad. The Bible says, “To him that knows to do good, but doesn’t do it, it is sin.” Anytime that you know you should do something and you don’t do it, it is sin.

Should we talk to kids about sin?

Everybody has sinned.  God gave Moses a list of Ten Commandments, so we would know for sure what is a sin and what is not. Billions of people have lived on this earth in the 3000 years since Moses received the Ten Commandments and only one person has ever been able to keep all of the Ten Commandments – Jesus. Sometimes people will not talk to kids about sin because they think they are too innocent. The Bible says, “all men have sinned” and that includes kids.

The good news is that Jesus is the cure for sin.  Since Jesus is the only one who has never sinned, He is the only one that can help us get free from sin. Everybody needs Jesus because everybody has sinned.

Sin in like a barrier and separates us from God.  God had to go around the sin barrier and become a man – Jesus.  The Bible says that Jesus became sin.  Jesus was our substitute.

The wages of sin is death and the price of sin was death.  Jesus took our place.  Jesus died so we could live.  Jesus became sin so we could be righteous.  Jesus went to hell so we could go to heaven.

As we approach the Christmas season I am reminded that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” but what does that mean? Why did Jesus come?

The bottom line is that Jesus came to “save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

Sin is a disease that affects all of us, however because of Christ I am free from sin!

Here is a powerful video by Billy Graham that puts it all in perspective. If you have not seen it, it is worth the 28 minutes it takes to watch it.

http://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/the-cross/

 

 

 

Mark Harper

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