Does it really matter if Jesus lived a life void of sin? The Barna Research Group conducted a survey of U.S. adults and found that 42% believe that Jesus sinned, while 40% believe that he led a sinless life. And, only 65% of Christians believe Jesus was without sin.
Jewish law insisted our forefathers were to pay for their sins by sacrificing an animal that was without defect (Leviticus 22:19-20). They were to give up to God a clean animal without blemish so He would be honored by their sacrifice.
God provided His Son to be our payment. Jesus was a sacrifice similar to the Mosaic lamb or bull that was butchered to pay for sin. However, Jesus was to be the perfect and final sacrifice. In order for his death to pay for all of our sins he needed to be perfect, without blemish, sinless.
Psalm 5:5 tells us that God hates the sinful and that, “God would not create a sinful savior.” How could the sins of another person (Jesus) pay for my sins? Jesus must have lived a life free of sin in order to be a worthy sacrifice. In fact the Bible insists that Jesus was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:21-22, 1John 3:5 Hebrews 4:15).
Scripture insists that not only was Christ without sin, but, He was the only one to ever live who was sinless. This is important because in order to be a worthy sacrifice He had to be unique. If there were another without sin, why follow only Jesus? Merry Christmas!