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"For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:28 NKJV.)

The Lord Jesus took bread the night He was betrayed and broke it to give to all His disciples with Him. When He took the cup, He unveiled God's purpose for the moment He was about to enter. Our sins were about to be remitted through His shed blood.

Remission of sins simply means forgiveness of sins. But a closer look at the word infers freedom from sin, where you are not just forgiven but are catapulted into a position where sinning becomes impossible.

Sin is bondage and we should look at it the way God does. The Bible says he who commits sin is a slave of sin (John 8:34-36). People who sin don't want to sin but many can't stop sinning because they are slaves of sin. When sin takes you captive, it has one purpose, to kill and destroy you.

It is sin that destroys marriages and families.
Most families are torn apart by pride and selfishness. It is sin that destroys businesses and careers.  This is in no way blaming victims of these devastating circumstances but pointing out that whether indirectly or directly sin is the problem.

But Jesus came to set us free from sin and not just forgive us. Some people think that when we stop sinning we are doing God a favor. It's far from it. We do ourselves a favor when we walk in righteousness because then we experience the life of God in the here and now.

John says the one who even hates his brother abides in death (1John 3:14-15). Sin is the sting of death, so the reason why God hates sin is because it kills us His beloved. Sin destroys your relationships, limits your prospects in the future, makes us miserable and steals our joy and peace.

Whether we do good or bad, God remains God. That's why we must see that doing good only helps you and your fellow man like yourself, it doesn't improve God. His love is not dependent on your actions, it's based on who He is. He sent Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners, so He is not going to love us more when we do good (Romans 5:8)

Walking in righteousness benefits you and not God, and that is why the blood of Jesus was necessary to pay for our sins and give us freedom from sin and victory over sin. Remember, the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Because of God's grace sin shall not have dominion over you.

The blood of Jesus not only washed my sin away but it gave me freedom from sin, hence freedom from death.

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