Sunday, November 20, 2011

The greater sin

November 20, 2011The Life of Jesus; read today: Pilate questions Jesus again; John 19:8-11

KJV: John 19:11. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:  therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Jesus acknowledged that Pilate was sinning here.  The greater sin, if there is such a thing of one sin being bigger than another, was that the Jewish authorities had turned Him over to Pilate to be killed. This is something that has a parallel in our modern life.

When I have an addiction it is a sin, there is no way to make that something that it is not  What will need to be looked at is the cause of it.  For many who have problems of co-dependency and/or addictions, the problems did not start in our adult years.  They go back to what is called the 'family of origin'.  People can affect you in many ways, some may even be very Christian like.  The truth is, that you were affected, and though your sin is sin, the fact that it affected you makes it sin as well.

One of the first steps to healing is to forgive.  So you need to do what Jesus did for Pilate, you must learn to forgive them.  This is not an easy task. It is so easy for us to hold on to our lifestyle the way it is.  It is however, necessary if we wish to grow.

Read for next time: Pilate tries to release Jesus again; John 19:12