We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
Most of us have a problem recognizing our personal iniquity. Oh! We recognize it in others readily enough, and bemoan and berate the social and international violence that pervades our planet. But we consider ourselves living above all that; in fact, seeing others’ sins in which we have no part, gives us an arrogant sense of moral superiority
The hare may vaunt his superior speed to the tortoise, but he is no match for the jet plane that thunders overhead. Our goodness is in the gutter compared with the blinding holiness of God. So much so, that the price of our sin was the horrific death of Jesus on the cross—if I was the only person in the world, His death would have been no less necessary.
It’s sobering to realize that Christ’s death is the measure of our individual sin. The idea of hell is nonsense to those who trivialize their sin. In reality, the misery of hell is really the measure of sin’s vileness, and the ultimate sacrifice that is necessary to pay its debt and overcome it. Have we come close enough to the cross to measure that depth of our own sin?