Catchy title isn’t it? So the question is – Why did Jesus Christ have to die? I want you to take a minute and get the visual picture of our Lord on a rough, splintered cross; he has been severely beaten, lashed with a whip, and NAILED to a cross. Do you have the visual yet? Why? Because we are bad period. We are full of sin and without the sacrifice of the ONLY totally sin free person to walk the earth we would DIE. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it. Well as they say the truth hurts, but thanks to the ETERNAL love of God we have the perfect sacrifice so we have eternal life. All month we have blogged about sacrifice but today just a few days before the recognition of Christ’s sacrifice (Good Friday), it came to me that I haven’t given the credit to the one responsible for my eternal life in a fitting manner. So let me delve into this subject a little bit.
The church I attend is currently studying the Book of Romans and recently we reviewed the 5th chapter and the following verse has been following me around all day, I saw it in a devotional I read & heard it on a radio broadcast I was listening to)
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
This verse is pretty powerful – He died because we are UNGODLY – it doesn’t say a little bit bad it says UNGODLY. Wow – if we are honest with ourselves (we rarely are) we would admit that we are totally corrupted by sin. It affects everything we do, and I mean everything. I will give you a recent situation that involves me personally:
I wrote an article for our church’s newsletter in January (Posted here as Love Thy Neighbor) and one of my fellow congregants came up to me to tell me that they enjoyed it and it made them think a lot about how they treat others. I thought – that’s great, what a good thing I did – Oh well it may have been good but now I tainted it with sin – Pride is a sin and I was proud of the reaction I got.
How can we combat this inclination we have? I don’t know if we can, we are human and unfortunately sin seems to permeate everything we do, if it wasn’t for God’s redeeming grace, I fear that I would get a one way ticket to the great down under. But fortunately, I thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, I am headed on a one way ticket to Heaven. Wow I got a first class ticket to eternal life and I didn’t do anything to deserve it, NOT ONE THING. How great is the love of our Father.
Not that any of this means we stop doing the good things, just that we understand how even our good is tainted.
Remember that it is by Grace thru Faith for Works that we live.
Thank you Jesus for giving your life for me, a sin infested, ungodly miscreant who did not deserve it.
So I know this blog was a little harsh, but I want YOUR feedback – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let me know.
Remember God Loves You And So Do I