If you are a Christian, or maybe just a church-goer, which could be a CINO (Christian In Name Only), you probably have heard the phrase “Christ died for you”. Somehow it’s not too hard for us to feel unattached from the reality of this. We pull out our manual of logic and conclude that we are church-goers, not really bad people, and then surmise that it must be referring to the sidewalk drunk, adulterers, murderers, thieves, etc. But me? Surely that doesn’t mean me. Occasionally we see on screen someone who “takes a bullet” to protect another. In real life we can read of a parent or other person who does something heroic to rescue or save a child or someone else. Those are heroic acts to intercede for some human’s life. Noble, yet not quite in the same arena as Christ dying for us.
Speaking of dramatics, most of us are familiar with movie scenes where a hero or heroine rushes in to offer themselves to replace the one about to be executed. Usually we only see this request ignored. Jesus’ heart and action had heavenly motive, not just earthly. We should ask, “Why did he die? Couldn’t some other approach achieve what He was after?” Romans 5:6,7 hits the bulls-eye. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.”
In my 50-plus years of ministry how well I see the need for apologetics. This has nothing to do with our word apology. It means ‘a defense of the faith’. I am often shocked how little ‘average Christians’ know their Bible or even about their faith. Often we’ve heard the phrase, “He paid the price.” To pay actually means ‘to satisfy the demand’. We witness this at the grocery store, etc. We pay to satisfy the demand which allows us to take the items out the door. The basic premise we need to adhere to is that our God is the One true Living God, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, our Creator-Sustainer, the all-righteous, all-holy God. This should say something about the fact that absolutely everything is subject to Him. Outside of Christ we do not have the right to approach Him or expect anything hopeful from Him. Our unholy lives need indescribable intercession to be justified before our God. Heaven, abiding with Him eternally, cannot and is never on our terms or acts. The great separator, sin, has to be dealt with and cleansed from us. Therefore our Christ has satisfied the demand to obtain our forgiveness and holiness before God and with God.
God performed a one-time event to satisfy His demand for holiness. Something magnanimous has to happen to make us righteous, meaning to be in right-standing with God. So, His plan took effect on the cross whereby His sinless Son was the only one who absorbed our sin on our behalf, and His shed blood has cleansed us from all sin, past, present, and future.
Hallelujah! This is the reason He died for us. God loves and wants us that bad! This should be our true motivation for being His sons and servants while we yet live. Indeed, He is trustworthy. He has done it all. That’s His Grace!
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