by Paul Tautges | April 7, 2012 4:33 am
The past two days we’ve learned Jesus is our Sacrifice and Substitute. He is also our Savior. “For Christ also died for sins … the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Pet 3:18). The purpose of God sending His Son was to satisfy His righteousness and justly deal with man’s sin. He accomplished this through the sinless life and atoning death of Jesus, which provides the way for the sinner’s broken relationship to be restored to what it was at the beginning of time. John says it this way:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16–18)
God has provided salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. If you will come to Him by faith, you will be forgiven and will receive His gift of eternal life. He who is the Savior will become your Savior. But all who reject Him stand condemned already and will only see God’s face in the final judgment. Physical death is not the end. For some, it is the beginning of eternity in the presence of God because their trust was in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone. For others, it is the beginning of eternity away from God because they refused to repent and instead rejected the One who says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). His death now brings us life.
Who is Jesus to you? Is He your Sacrifice? Is He your Substitute? Is He your Savior?
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