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What Did Jesus Mean by Dying in Your Sins?
What's the worst news you could hear from someone? Is it a diagnosis of advanced cancer that appears terminal? Is it some dreadful news about your children? Well, these things are terrible, and I would never want to make light of them, but Jesus speaks even more terrifying words three times to the Pharisees: You will die in your sins. But what did He mean by these sobering and dreadful words?
We all know that everyone dies. The famous saying is that the only two sure things in life are death and taxes, but many people have managed to avoid paying taxes. The Bible says instead that the only two sure things are death and judgment: "it is appointed for man to once, and after that comes
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know Your ways, O Lord;
teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long.
Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to Your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of Your goodness, O Lord!
Good and upright are You, O Lord;
therefore You instruct sinners in the way.
You lead the humble in what is right,
and teach the humble Your way.
All of Your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep Your covenant and Your testimonies.
For Your name's sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
By Your grace, I fear You, O Lord.
Instruct me in the way that I should choose.
Let my soul abide in well-being.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear You,
and You make known to them Your covenant.
My eyes are ever toward You, Lord,
for You will pluck my feet out of the net,
the snare of my enemy who seeks to trap me in sin, shame and doubt.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.
May the perfect integrity and uprightness of Christ preserve me,
for I wait for You.
Redeem Your people, O God,
out of all our troubles.