To borrow from a lecture by Ravi Zacharias…”the definition of sin reduced to its simplest form is the violation of God’s purpose for our lives.”
The New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ was the blemish-free, Lamb of God sacrifice for the sins of the world…Himself being perfect and without sin. Using the basic definition given above, Jesus fulfilled His purpose and destiny perfectly in following the will of His Father in His unique life-script of being the light of the world, the bread of life, the way, the truth, and the life, and the savior of mankind.
Quoting from Seven Days That Divide the World, by John Lennox, page 74: “What the incarnation tells us is that human beings are unique—they are so created that God himself could become one.”
What the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible tell us is that non-divine people can fulfill their purpose through God-composed and managed adventures of faith.
Using the analogy of the sculptor chipping away the excess pieces of marble to arrive at a portrait masterpiece, Jesus is unique in that the humanly typical waste material of wrong desires according to world conventional thinking, which are contrary to and will not fit within God’s purpose for our lives…did not have to be chipped away from the life of Jesus.
Because we cannot satisfy our every want and desire due to the practical constraints of time, energy, and the physical reality that we cannot be at two places at once, things have to be cut out of our lives.
The perfectly sinless life…in complete non-violation of God the Father’s purpose for the life-script of Jesus the Son of God…identifies for us what is meant by the narrow gate of Matthew 7:13-14 and the taking up of our cross of Mark 8:34-35. Jesus had no extraneous worldly conventional thinking to be chipped away. Jesus was a finished portrait masterpiece from birth.
The biblical narrative stories of faith give us a pattern of fulfilled lives…having focused life-scripts with un-fillable wants and desires chipped away by the Master Sculptor.
This is one of the keys to understanding the divine inspiration of the Bible and a God-invented walk-of-faith that chips away the non-essentials from the called-out, Christian life today.