Jesus is for you and I a wonderful gracious savior. Why do we need a Savior? Because we are separated from God.
Sin has separated us from God. Our sin in not only against our fellow man, or even ourselves for that matter. Ultimately we have sinned against and grieved a holy God who created us in his image. This sin is cosmic treason. It is the equivalent of shaking angry violent fists before the Lord, refusing to trust that He is good and standing in opposition to him. Still, the Lord’s response to our sinful rebellion was gracious, loving patience.
In the Old Testament the Lord set up the sacrificial system to deal with our sin. In order for sins to be cleansed a pure spotless animal had to be taken to the priest and slaughtered as a sacrifice for sins. It was gruesome, bloody and disgusting. It was the Lord’s way of telling us that the same emotion we have towards the spilled blood of animals is how he feels towards our sin.
Sadly, there could never be enough sacrifices made to cover all the sins of man. The blood of bulls and goats only covered past sin, but what about the future sins? Even more importantly, what about the sinful condition of man’s heart? The sacrifices were like a band aid holding back the waters of Hoover Dam, it was only a temporary solution. Peter himself declared that “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). So what are we to do?
We in ourselves can do nothing. We on our own are unable to overcome sin and it’s effects and the result is we are faced with impending eternal doom. We need a savior. We need rescuing. We need a hero.
Jesus is that Savior. Jesus is our rescue. Jesus is our hero!
God sent His son Jesus to earth. Jesus is born of a virgin, grows up in wisdom and stature. Over the course of His entire life He never sinned. He was perfect in every way. Jesus is for you and is the pure spotless lamb. There was no imperfections in Him.
Jesus then went to the cross. He died the death we should have died. He suffered the way we should have suffered. On the cross, all the sins of human history both past, present and future, were laid upon Jesus. He bore our sin on the cross. And Jesus died.
On the cross Jesus accomplished something amazing. To understand what He accomplished we must look at a short three-letter word.
Jesus was for you and I “the sin offering for the people”. – Leviticus 16:15
“But he was pierced for our transgression, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” -Romans 53:5
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
“For Christ died for sins once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” -1 Peter 3:18
Jesus died in our place, as our substitute, for our sins. We call this penal substitutionary atonement. Penal, meaning there is a penalty for the sins we have committed, there is a debt that is owed and a price that must be paid. Substitute, meaning in our place. Atonement, meaning reconciled. Jesus’ death on the cross has reconciled us back to God and paid our debt.
Today you have the opportunity to place your faith and trust in Jesus alone for Salvation. This option does not remain forever. The days of your life are numbered and in comparison to eternity they are extremely few. There is salvation for those who are in Jesus and judgement for those who are outside of Jesus. The justice of hell awaits those apart from Jesus (Matthew 25:41) and the glorious grace of eternity with Jesus in heaven awaits those in Jesus (Matthew 25:34).
We invite you to trust in Jesus. Paul gives good instructions for those looking for salvation in Jesus.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved…” (Romans 10:9).