Salvation in Christ
Mocked and ridiculed. Spat upon. Beaten with fists-and with whips. His back ripped to ribbons. His brow bruised and bloody from the crown of thorns pressed into His flesh. A sword piercing His side. Nailed to a cross and condemned to a most brutal and agonizing death. This was the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The word passion comes from a Latin word meaning "to submit to suffering." That's exactly what Jesus did. But why did He submit to such awful suffering? Why did He allow Himself to undergo such torture and misery?
In a word, SIN. Not His-ours. Jesus Himself was without sin. He did nothing wrong-ever! He never had an evil thought. He never told even a "white" lie. He was perfect, spotless, and sinless. But we are not. The Bible tells us that every one of us is a sinner. Each of us has ignored the commandments of our Creator, rejected His authority over us, disobeyed His law, and failed to live up to His holy standards. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Sin has a hefty price tag: death. The death of our bodies, but more importantly our spirits. We were given immortal souls, designed to live forever. We were meant to experience a deep and meaningful relationship with the One who created us. But nothing sinful or imperfect can ever enter the presence of God. All wickedness is utterly abhorrent to Him. So when we choose sin rather than God, we are
choosing eternal separation from Him.
But in His infinite mercy, our Creator made a way for us to be reconciled to Him. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place- to take the punishment for us, to pay the penalty for our sin. Why would He do such a thing? In a word, love. Love for you. Love for me. Love for the whole human race.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His
One and only Son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish but have eternal life".
The blood of Jesus was shed for us. That day on the cross, He paid the ultimate price in order to reconcile God and man- to make peace between the two. What appeared to be a tragedy born of hate was in fact love's greatest triumph. And the crucifixion was not the end of the story. Death had no legal claim on Jesus- He had done nothing to deserve to die. So death could not keep Him in the grave. On the morning of the third day, He rose again in power and glory. And now He lives forevermore!
Do you believe? Will you receive this precious gift of eternal life, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ? If you desire to receive Jesus as your savior please pray something like this:
Dear Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I know it was my sin that sent You to the cross. You took the punishment in my place. Thank You for sacrificing Your life for mine. Thank You for saving me from death and giving me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and make me a new person. At this moment I choose to follow you. Amen.