Jesus Paid the Price We Could not Pay Part 1
The Price of our redemption was high. We never could have redeemed ourselves with corruptible things such as silver and gold. Only through the shed Blood and Broken body of Jesus Christ could eternal life be obtained for us.
Yes, the price was high, but Jesus paid it all!
Jesus was born into this world with a mission. He was born with a specific purpose. Yes, Jesus was born to die! Jesus’ death on the Cross was not only divinely appointed, but it was necessary, because a great price had to be paid to redeem us from our sin.
In the natural, thinking about death makes us uncomfortable. Why? Because we weren’t created to die; we were created to live eternally. But when Adam disobeyed God, death entered the world (Romans 5:12). So God sent Jesus to die on the Cross to restore us to life.
While Jesus was on the earth, He kept the Law and boldly proclaimed the Gospel, yet He still had to suffer and die. It was all part of God’s master plan. Jesus’ death could be seen as the greatest injustice ever known to mankind. He didn’t deserve to die; He died because, as Isaiah said, “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus endured the agony of the Cross so you and I can be washed clean and set free from sin.
Second Corinthians 5: 21 tells us what Jesus suffered on the Cross was for us: “For He HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” I don’t know if we could ever fathom the dept of those words, but I thank God for them! Jesus never sinned, yet He became a sin offering for us and died a sinner’s death. When Jesus lived on the earth, death on the Cross was used for capital punishment of the most wicked criminals. But because of Calvary, we as believers can look at the Cross in the light of God’s Word through the eye of faith. And instead of seeing an hideous instrument of penalty and punishment for crime, we behold a beautiful, visible symbol of God’s great love for us!
The Cross does represent God’s wrath and punishment for sin, but on the other hand it proclaims His love for the world. Someone might say, “That’s a paradox! The Cross can’t stand for both punishment and love at the same time!” But it does and it always will! Out of love for us, Jesus bore the punishment for our sins.
Jesus Paid The Price We Could Not Pay. There is nothing we could have ever done to gain citizenship in Heaven. But because Jesus Christ became our substitute on the Cross at Calvary, we who believe in Him have been brought into the Kingdom of Heaven and were loosed from the chains of sin, sickness, poverty, and spiritual death!
What happened at the Cross is a reality. It’s not a myth or a fairy tale, as some people would like for us to believe. The Cross stands in the midst of human history as a warning to those who refuse to believe the Word of God. It also stands as a blessing to those who recognize it as the supreme revelation of God’s grace.
Let’s take a few moments to reflect on God’s grace.
Word for Today: "Forgivness"
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (Luke 23:24) Words are powerful, one of the last words Jesus said while hanging from the cross were words of forgiveness. His words on the cross are a powerful example of how you and I ought to treat those who mistreat us. Can you follow Jesus' example and forgive those who mistreat you?