Thursday, October 13, 2016

What Did Jesus' Death Do For Mankind? Galatians 1:4

Everyone agrees that Jesus is important and that his death is important, but not many agree on what his death on the cross did. What does the Bible say?

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever."  Galatians 1:4.

Giving is a choice. Jesus death was not forced; he could have done many things to avoid the horrible death on the cross. He was aware it was coming so he could have left town. He knew Judas was his betrayer but he didn't challenge or censer Judas. He could have done a miracle or said one of those wonderful things that silenced his critics. He said heaven had ready more than six legions of angels to rescue him. But he didn't do any of those things. He stayed quiet and endured humiliation and death.

What is sin?   The Bible says "All wrongdoing is sin..." 1 John 5:17, and "He who knows the good he ought to do and fails to do for him it is sin."James 4:17.  Every act of rebellion against God is a sin.

Sin must be judged or else God would be guilty of compromise and evil wins mankind. But being the God of Love he sent a substitute to take our place in judgment.

God accounted Christ's death as on the behalf of our sins. The resurrection is God's demonstration of approval or ratification that God accepted Jesus' death on our behalf.*

To rescue someone is to deliver them out of a threatening situation. There was purpose in his death. It was not an accident but an intentional act to save mankind.  We need rescuing since we are in danger because of our sins and the judgment of God who is holy and would never compromise.

Your sin had to be paid for and either you pay for them or a substitute does. But the substitute must not have any sin of his own or he would not be qualified to pay for them since he must have his own sin paid for. Christ lived a perfect and sinless life. Even the professional district judge Pontius Pilot found no wrong in him. His enemies had to fabricate lies to justify his execution. He was able to bear the sins of others because he had no sin of his own to pay for.

The payment must be equal to the judgment so the person paying for the sin would have to be God since God is the judge. Jesus proved himself to be God in many ways so he alone is worthy.

How does Jesus death rescue us from our sins? It is because God accepted his death on our behalf.

In Christ, we are brought into God's kingdom and have become separated from this age and freed from the judgment that will come. The age we live in is going to end. Those who do not have Christ do not have any assurance of surviving God's judgment.

Jesus did the work for us, he paid for our sin as only he could do. The Father accepted his death on our behalf and leaves nothing for us to do in order to make salvation. Christ declared it so when from the cross he said, "It is finished." John 19:30. All that is left for us is to accept what he did for us the same way we receive a gift since salvation is a gift. As the Gospel of John says. "But to as many as received him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God." John 1:12.

If you want to know more about receiving the gift of salvation see the tab above for the Gospel.

*Thoughtful readers will recognize this is the most simplistic explanation of the resurrection and much much more could be said.
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