Was Jesus the sinfullest Man to ever live?
Daniel 9:26 The Messiah shall be cut off.
This is actually saying a lot more than just that Jesus would die. The common Hebrew word for die is muwth. It’s the word used throughout the Old Testament for people dying…835 times to be exact. In verses like:
- Genesis 5:5 All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died (muwth).”
- Job 1:19 Job’s servant said, “A great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died (muwth).”
But the Hebrew word for Jesus being “cut off” is karath. It occurs 288 times in Scripture, frequently for guilty people being executed:
- Genesis 9:11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off (karath) by the waters of the flood.
- Proverbs 2:22 The wicked will be cut off (karath) from the earth.
- Psalm 37:9 evildoers shall be cut off (karath).
“Karath” is used 20 times in Leviticus to describe people who have to be executed – or cut off – from the rest of the congregation because of their sin.
Jesus died for “His” sins
The point is Daniel 9:26 is prophesying Jesus would not die a natural death (muwth). He would die a guilty person’s death (karath) because of the sins He would receive. We say Jesus died for our sins, and that’s true, but we could say He actually died for His own sin, because He owned our sins. When our sins were imputed to Jesus – or put to His account – they literally became HIS sins:
- 1 Peter 2:24 He bore our sins in His body on the cross.
- Isaiah 53:6 The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
- Isaiah 53:11 He will bear their iniquities.
- Isaiah 53:12 He bore the sin of many.
The classic New Testament verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21a: God made Him sin.
Daniel 9:26 prophesied of Jesus receiving the death penalty for His sin like a guilty criminal:
- Matthew 27:38 Two criminals were crucified with Him.
- Isaiah 53:12 He would be numbered with the transgressors.
He’s numbered with the transgressors – He experienced a guilty criminal’s death – because He became one of them.
Jesus became the guiltiest sinner in history
When our sins were put to Jesus’ account, He became the most sinful Person to ever live. Nobody has ever approached even a fraction of the sinfulness that was Jesus’ when He was on the cross. The amount of sin that was imputed to Him and became HIS is beyond comprehension.
This is classic double imputation:
- Our sin is imputed to Christ.
- Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.
The tremendous irony that reveals the grace of God and the beauty of the Gospel is that although Jesus became the most sin-filled Man to ever live, He never sinned:
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us.
- 1 Peter 2:22 He committed no sin.
- 1 John 3:5 In Him there is no sin.
The guiltiest and most sin-filled, or sinFULLEST Person to ever live, was also the most innocent, holiest, perfect and righteous to ever live.
Discuss: What do you think when you consider Christ owning your sins for you? Does it help you think of your sins truly being taken away?
Here’s a sermon I preached on this topic: Daniel 9:26 The Cost of Rejecting Christ.