“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: In what God did in Christ in His death, burial and resurrection is the highest display of God’s love for mankind.
In our previous studies, we established that the good news that saves is not the incarnation or the humanity of Jesus; neither, is it the temptation in the wilderness, nor His anointing and healing ministry (His miraculous acts). All of these found in His earthly ministry only lay the foundation of the good news. We saw from Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 15:1-4 that the good news that saves a man is situated in the message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection; and consequently, His ascension to the right hand of the Father (this is the good news that saves). In His death on the cross, we see the unfolding of Jesus’ love; the very Son of God is left to die; He is crucified, hanged, killed, laid bare and naked. No wonder John 3:16 echoes “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. When John says “he gave his only begotten son”, that “giving of Jesus” is not the incarnation; God gave Him (that is, His son Jesus) on the cross; He gave Him to die. the preceding verses of John 3:16 helps to explain this (that is, verses 14 and 15); it reads “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”. Paul explains this same “giving” in His letter to the church at Rome; it reads “He that spared not his son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Observe the way the Amplified version renders Romans 8:32, it reads “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” His only begotten son was delivered up for us all or given for us all on the cross; He was given to die. That’s why Romans 6:23 lets us see that “the wages of sin is death”. In other words, Jesus died on that cross to pay sin its wages. To pay for sins will only take one action, one price and that action or price is death. This is the love of God in demonstration; that He died for sin not because He was a sinner but that He was made sin on our behalf so that the sinful man can be made free from the outcome or predicament of sin and its after effect. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t be moved away from the Love of God. Stay there.
PRAYER: I declare that I am secured in your love in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The death of Jesus on the cross paid sin its wages.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8