“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8
LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ died for our sin.
The giving of Jesus to us was not His birth or His incarnation. God gave Jesus to us on the Cross where He died. This is why the incarnation of Christ is not the gospel but it is fundamental to the gospel. To pay for sin requires only one step and that is death. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Jesus took our place in death that we might have eternal life through Him. Romans 8:32 says “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things”. The word “spared not” is used for judgment. This means God allowed judgment to come on His only Son. Christ’s love for us became His motivation and it became a righteous act for Him to die. The word “delivered up” means to hand over, which is used for betrayal. God never delivered up Jesus to Himself but to His enemy (death). His death for us was a willing death. Ephesians 5:2 says “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour”. Christ is not trying to love us but He had already loved us to the point of dying for us. He had destroyed him that had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 says “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”. In all that Jesus has done, we are just the beneficiaries. We did not contribute anything. God’s attitude towards sinners is that of favour. God does not use sin, He does not tempt with sin, and He does not overlook sin. God favoured sinners on a legal ground (that is, by the death of His Son). The favour you receive when you have Christ is the same favour you will enjoy all through the days of your life. Matthew 26:28 says “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. The word “remission of sin” is from the Greek word “aphesis” which means to take it away or no record for it. Both the nature and acts of sin have been taken away. The blood of Jesus is a permanent solution for sin. His blood has taken sin away from our relationship with God. The moment you come into Christ, sin loses its power over your relationship with God. God stood in eternity and paid for sin for life. This means our sin is eternally forgiven by the one-time death of Christ. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for paying for my sin with your life, in Jesus name.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 16; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 4