“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV
Through one man, Adam, came death, and through one man, Jesus, all are made alive (see 1 Corinthians 15:21,22). Jesus was that perfect, spotless Lamb of God prophesied throughout the entire Old Testament, chosen to take away the sins of the world in one sacrifice. It is by His wounds that you were healed and through His death you are forgiven and made right with God.
Imagine the moment He uttered those words, ‘It is finished?’ As darkness covered the land, He took upon Himself all of our sin, our abusive behavior, our addictions, our doubt and unbelief, strife and malice, pride and unforgiveness, murder and robbery, our sexual immorality and idolatry. All of it was laid upon Him and the veil in the temple was ripped (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 27:51). Now there was nothing, absolutely nothing, separating us from the Father. What a beautiful display of His love!
Because of Jesus, you have a real relationship with a holy God! Because of Jesus, you are made a daughter of the King! Because of Jesus, you don’t have to go from relationship to relationship longing to feel complete, you are complete in God! Because of Jesus, you no longer have to merely survive; you can thrive and receive every promise made to you! Do you believe this? Jesus has been made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). The price He paid wasn’t easy, but you were indeed worth it. Now, that is worth stopping whatever you are doing right now, lifting up your hands and giving God a heartfelt shout of praise!
Prayer: Thank you Father God for sending Jesus to die for the sins of mankind. If He hadn’t died, I wouldn’t be able to pray to you right now or have this relationship with you that I treasure. Thank you for Jesus. Help me wrap my heart and mind around the significance of that critical moment in history. Help me spread the Good News of your great love and redemption. In Jesus’ name. Amen.