Each of us is responsible for the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
It was the darkness and rebellion of our sin that sent Jesus Christ from heaven to earth on a mission of redemption. He came as light into the darkness, but those in the darkness were not able to understand it.
He came even though we didn’t know how desperately we needed Him.
He came to pay the debt we owed but couldn’t pay. He came as a physician who didn’t wait for office calls, but lived among us to seek and to save those who were being destroyed by the plague of sin.
He didn’t die as a martyr or as a reformer; He died as a sacrificial lamb, willing to make atonement for our sin. The mallet and the spikes were in our hands, goodness and mercy were in His; rebellion and deceit were in our nature, grace and truth were in His; hardness and coldness were in our hearts, tenderness and compassion were in His.
He was the perfect offering for our imperfections—taking our judgment, bearing our sorrow, tasting our death, triumphing over our hell, and seeking to take us captive with the awesome power of resurrection life.
Lord, I know it was my sin that sent You to the cross. I thank You that You didn’t just die for the world, but that You died for me.
I know I am the guilty one. Everything that I deserve was placed on You. I come to You without excuse knowing that I am fully responsible for my own sin. Thank You that through Your wounds I have found mercy, and that by them I can be healed.
This post is part of a series called The Joy of Being Forgiven.
There are three main reasons for this series:
- To help those who are burdened by sin to enter into the joy of being forgiven.
- To remind those who have been forgiven to live each day in thankfulness for the gift of His forgiveness and the joy it has brought your heart.
- To provide for those who know the joy of being forgiven, a way for them to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others.
Click here to read Part 1: Loved with Everlasting Love
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Grace and peace to you…