November 18, 2015

How Can I Get In On It?

                                         "Gesichert 1"/


Here we are again! Let us now put this critical puzzle piece in place.


Last time we saw that Jesus Christ was called, “the Lamb of God.” We also saw, that all the sacrifices in the Old Testament spoke of Him. Before that, we saw that all God's rules, including the ten commandments, could only show us that we are sinful, just as a mirror does. We concluded that there was no hope in and of ourselves. We saw that we needed a deliver to save us! Then, we received the news that Jesus had arrived to, “take away our sin.” Yet, how would He do this? Well, just like the lambs had to die, so Jesus would die. Just like the person in the Old Testament would lay their hand on the head of the sacrificial animal, showing that all their sins were transferred to the animal, so all your sin and my sin was heaped on Jesus. Then, just as the animal had to die for the sins of that person as their substitute, so Jesus died to pay for all your sin that was heaped upon Him. For it is written, “And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6b) Look! Jesus Christ took your place, your sin, and your death! In this way the wages for your sin was paid in full – past and future too! We know what the Scriptures say, “The wages of sin is death,” and “Without shedding of blood [death], is no forgiveness.” (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:22) That is why Jesus died – there was no other remedy!


Now, if Jesus paid the penalty for everyone's sin, including yours, why isn't everyone saved? Well, this is were it really gets to be a personal thing – trust. So we must see that the Bible speaks of three words that have essentially the same meaning: trust, believe, and faith. Let me now give you an example of how this plays out. Let's say, the government could decide to pay for everyone's debt in all its land. It could write out cheques for everyone. However, unless you cashed that cheque, it would do you no good, would it? No debt would be paid. The bank could still cause you to foreclose. Those you owed, could still sue you. See then, that it works the same way with God. He paid your debt, but unless you actually trust Jesus the Saviour as your own Saviour, it will do you no good. God will still hold you to account for your sin and you'll have to pay in Hell forever! This is why the Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8) Again, we read, “Whoever believes in him [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18) So, have you “cashed your cheque”?


So, it really all “boils down” to this, who or what are you trusting, if anyone or anything at all? Are you trusting your good works? In that case, you see yourself as your own saviour, and are saying that God the Father sent His Son to die on the cross for no reason. Do you really think you know better than God? God said, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified [made right with Him] in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Further, it says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And still further, we read, “For we hold that one is justified [made right with God] apart from works of the law.” (Romans 3:20, 23, 28) Instead, we read that we, “Are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:24-25) Simply said, God sent His Son Jesus to pay for you by His death, in order for you to be pardoned and walk away free! We could simply say, do you think that Jesus is a sufficient Saviour for you? God tells us about those who “rebelled” against Him, that, “They were unable to enter because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:19)

What is your decision?

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever
in him
may have eternal life.
For God so loved the world [you],
that he gave
his only Son,
that whoever believes [you?]
should not perish
but have
eternal life.”

John 3:14-16

Victor J. Reimer

*All scripture taken from the ESV.

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