Was Jesus really without sin?

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!

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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