Jesus came to this planet from a better place. He came to bring heaven to earth.
He came to destroy evil. Evil was His enemy and He came to win the war.
But his primary strategy was not to teach about sin but to teach and demonstrate perfect love and goodness.
… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
The Bible gives us a lot of information about every kind of sin, about murder, lying, adultery and many horrible things. Jesus never sinned Himself and He spoke strongly against sin.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34 (ESV)
He warned of the horrible consequences of sin.
The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. John 8:35 (ESV)
Jesus, as the Son of God, has a permanent home with His Father God in Heaven, where there is no evil, not even human imperfection.
But a sinner is a slave of sin and has no place in the Father’s House, no home in heaven.
But Jesus did not stop there. He offered a cure for this addiction to sin. He had a remedy for the hopeless condition of every man and woman without God.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 (ESV)
Jesus came to set us free from the addiction to bad things, things that make us unfit for heaven.
The Old Testament tells us a lot about different kinds of witchcraft, sexual perversion, worship of false gods and many other sins. But Jesus did not talk much about these things.
The people who Jesus criticised the most were the religious leaders.
These people were obsessed with avoiding sin and criticising sinners.
They also memorised whole books of the Scriptures and tried hard to live correctly.
They did not worship idols or commit many of the sins that God condemned in the Old Testament.
So why was Jesus so opposed to these righteous Pharisees?
The Pharisees tried to obey the Law of God and taught the people not to sin. So what was wrong with that?
The Pharisees attacked sin but they also oppressed and punished sinners. They opposed sin but they offered no remedy or escape for ruined lives. They hated sin but they also despised sinners.
God hates abortion, witchcraft, pornography, sexual perversion and drug smuggling.
But if we go into battle against these things, we must be sure we are not like the Pharisees.
The Pharisees hated sin but did not love the sinners.
The Pharisees condemned sin with such self righteousness that they were completely ineffective in bringing sinners back to God.
The Pharisees were obsessed with sin but could offer no remedy capable of saving people addicted to sin.
We can talk about sin and repentance and the saving power of God but we must also demonstrate the saving love and power of Jesus.
If we only preach righteous words without love and power, we become like Pharisees who tell a drowning man to swim for his life but do not go out to him in a boat to pull him to safety.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)
You may read this and think you must stir yourself up to be like Jesus.
But remember, without HIM you can do nothing. Only in HIM you can do all things.
Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)