To sin is to miss the mark. Who’s mark? Well, as a biblical follower of Jesus we have to say that Holy God determines the mark and determines when we miss or not.
Scripture teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). It teaches further that we all have sinned (Romans 3:23). This means that without help we would all be earning a payment of death for our mark-missing nature. That’s a big problem. This means we are ‘sinners’.
On the night that Jesus is betrayed and took away to a trial we read:
The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” (Mark 14:41-42 ESV)
Here, Jesus is speaking of Judas the betrayer but let’s not hurry to put a face and a name on the betrayer. Let’s instead focus in on Jesus’ statement that He is ‘betrayed into the hands of sinners’. He now heads to the Cross and He does so because of sinners like me. Without my sin there is no need for the Cross therefore no need for the betrayer (Judas) therefore no need for this anguish-filled night of prayer. When I hear that Jesus was betrayed into the hands of sinners I don’t think of a Pharisee, I think of me. He was put into my hands and He willingly allowed it so that my sin could be heaped upon Him and nailed to His Cross. My sin would meet its end when His love would cover it and a multitude of others.
Jesus was delivered into my hands on that night. I plan to say thank you today with my living.