God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
As we discussed last week, we are fallen beings who are in need of a Savior. Without someone to pay the price for our sins, we cannot be in relationship with God because He cannot condone sin. Someone must pay the price. That someone was Jesus Christ. The Almighty chose to come down from His throne humbling Himself into the human body of His creation.
And as the sacrificial Lamb, He paid a dear price. His body was severely beaten then placed on a cross. His torturers drove iron nails through His hands and feet; pierced His side with a spear. Christ’s death was horrific, but the Lamb went suffered willingly for you and me. His grace-filled gift is our life renewed.
Within the arms of Jesus, we not only have salvation, but protection and guidance. He has given us life and shown us how to live. As our Lord, we are safe in His arms.
- Why did the chief priests arrest Jesus? How did God use their sin to His own purpose?
- Read an account of Jesus’ crucifixion in John 19:16-30. Write your thoughts on His sacrifice.
- Compare and contrast the death of Christ compared to the sacrifices of the Old Testament.
- What completes Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and separates Him from all the other gods that man worships? (HINT: See John 20:1-9)
Lord, You endured such horrors for me. Thank You for Your grace and sacrifice which passes all understanding. Amen.