Almost 2000 years ago, the unthinkable happened: God died for you.
That was no ordinary day.
The three divine parts of the Trinity broke fellowship, for the first and only time ever. One was left alone, separated from those He’d always known. God became estranged from His very self.
Because the world was at war with God.
The greatest King ever had decreed a Law — and everyone had disobeyed. Not one person was innocent. And the punishment for disobeying His Law was death. As it had been decreed, so would it be done.
The people of the world were condemned to die.
But God… He had compassion on the people He had created. On their weakness. On their helplessness. So the three Members of the Trinity offered a substitution.
One of them would take man’s place.
God Himself would die, instead of all the world.
Because a disobedient person’s death would only cover the transgression of that particular individual. But a perfect Person’s death could cover the sins of the whole world.
So one of them came to earth. He, a very part of God, willingly subjected Himself to the confines of mortal flesh. He, a perfect Being, subjected Himself to a broken body in a sin-cursed world.
He was humiliated. He was spit on. He was cursed to His face. And He allowed Himself to be sacrificed, put to death like a helpless lamb tied to a man-made altar.
Instead of each person fulfilling his own death penalty,
all men suffering death for all eternity,
God-who-became-man died for everyone.
He miraculously took on the sins of every person, at every point in time. He carried their ugly weight. He faced their penalty–even though that penalty meant being separated from His Father, a very part of Himself. Even though that meant death for the One who is Life Itself.
He fought with sin and death, while He faced that horrible sentence. The One who is Joy and Light came face-to-face with death’s darkness and grief.
And He defeated their stronghold! He rightfully claimed the power they tried to cling to. He returned unharmed from death’s grasp, victorious over its so-called power. He threw off the weight of sin He carried, freed from its heavy consequences.
The King’s wrath was appeased by His perfect, sinless sacrifice. The world no longer stood under permanent sentence of death.
God pardoned His rebellious creation.
He offered freedom from sin’s curse, a way to be redeemed from the enemy’s control. He offered to adopt His enemies, and love them as His own family.
But this salvation does not happen automatically. You cannot take advantage of a gift, until you first accept it.
You no longer have to be God’s enemy, under sentence of death for your crimes, but you must first accept His payment as sufficient. He offers His death in your place, full payment for your crimes against the King, but youe must believe in His sovereign ability to do so.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10
This is salvation.
It is redemption from sin, and freedom from death.
This is the unthinkable: eternal life with your Creator.
To reject this means certain death: complete separation from God, absence of hope, for ever and ever.
To accept it wholeheartedly means life: intimate fellowship with God, abundant hope and peace and joy, for ever and ever.
Don’t ignore this. It’s quite literally, the most important thing in the world–and in eternity.
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