Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Jesus is bigger than your sin.
Jesus is stronger than your mistakes.
Jesus is more powerful than your failures.
Personally, when I sin, I typically feel farther away from God.
When I do the things I’m not supposed to do, I feel distant from Jesus.
When I don’t do the things I’m supposed to do, I feel separated from Jesus.
Because I promised Him I wouldn’t struggle like that again.
Because I’m supposed to know better than that.
Because I’m not worthy of being close to Him.
Because I’ve let Him down.
And so I put some space between God and I, until I can clean up my act.
Until I can work hard, do some good things, and get back into His good graces.
If you are like me…
If you have ever felt like this…
If you have ever behaved like this…
If you have ever done something like this…
…then you need to know that this is NOT what God wants.
Because Jesus is bigger than your sin.
Jesus is bigger than my sin.
Jesus is bigger than sin.
You’ve probably heard this common expression before:
“There’s nothing you could ever do, that would make God love you any more…
and there’s nothing you could ever do, that would make God love you any less.”
But sometimes, even if we believe that’s true for every other person in the world, we don’t think it applies to us.
Because I’ve done something too big.
I’ve struggled with this for too long.
I know how fallen and broken my own heart is.
But there is good news for those of us who feel this way.
Throughout the New Testament – like in the passage written above – we see that Jesus is bigger than sin.
He’s not scared away by our mistakes.
He’s not intimidated by our failures.
Jesus won’t give up on you.
Jesus doesn’t believe you are a lost cause.
Jesus loves you just as much as He ever has (even if you feel distant from Him).
The next time you sin…
The next time you fall…
The next time you fail…
The next time you make a mistake…
…do NOT believe the lie that you are separated from God.
But rather, draw close to God in that moment of vulnerability,
and allow Him to bring His love into your life in a new, fresh, and real way.
Because Jesus is stronger.
Jesus is more powerful.
Jesus is bigger than sin.
Until I draw close to God in my failure,