The greatest need we have is to be saved from our sins.
We all know that we have sinned, but you’ve maybe never realised you need to be saved from your sins. Perhaps you think your sins are no big deal – nothing to worry about. You couldn’t be more wrong.
Our sin can’t be overlooked
Sin is infinitely offensive to God and can’t be forgotten about. The Bible says that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness” (Habakkuk 1:13).
When it says God can’t look on wickedness, it doesn’t mean He can’t see it. The Bible is clear that God sees everything that we do:
'And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eye of Him to whom we must give account.'
God certainly sees it all and misses nothing. So, what does it mean? It means God can’t just look on it. He can’t look on sin and do nothing about it. Justice demands that evil be punished. God’s righteous condemnation of sin must be expressed. If God didn’t punish sin, He wouldn’t be righteous, and that means He wouldn’t be God.
Our danger can’t be overstated
The penalty for sinning against God is not one that we can ever pay, and so the danger we are in can’t be exaggerated. We are in danger of being lost under God’s judgement forever.
Sin is our greatest problem.
Hell is our greatest danger.
And that is why salvation is our greatest need.
But how can we be saved? If God’s righteousness demands that our sin be punished, how can we escape?
Christ is the answer.
He is the single answer
The only way out is through a substitute – one who can step in and pay the penalty.
That’s why we need the Lord Jesus. On the cross He gave Himself to pay the penalty God’s justice demanded. No one else has done that, and that’s why no one else can save you.
He’s the sufficient answer
He paid the penalty of sin in full and proved that by rising from the dead. That means that if we have Him as Saviour, we have all we need. All who shelter in Him will be saved. If you plead guilty and make Christ your only plea before God, claiming His death as the full payment for your sins, God can and will righteously release you from condemnation.
The great preacher of the 19th century, Charles Spurgeon, said, “I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.” I hope you will accept your need for Christ – you are in danger and need a Saviour. And I hope you will accept Christ for your need – He is the answer.
In the next blogpost we will think of how He is the answer to our deepest desires.