This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:25-26
In the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most vivid display of the nature of our God, including His holiness! Jesus was treated as the most contemptible criminal, though He was the only innocent man who has ever lived. He was lashed so severely that his back would have looked like a plowed field flowing with blood. He was nailed to a cross and hoisted into the air with only those nails to use as leverage to lift Himself up so as to be able to take in a breath. His nerves sent electrifying charges of hot, searing pain from both his pierced extremities and from His lacerated back rubbing up against the coarse wood of the cross as He lifted Himself. God, the Father, in the midst of Christ’s overwhelming pain and grief, separated Himself from His Son. Alone and utterly forsaken, the Lord of the universe and the King of all kings died.
Why did all of this happen? Because Jesus Christ was receiving what we deserve for our apathy, irreverence, and rebellion against our Creator. He did this, in love, so that all who turn from sin to faith in Jesus might be forgiven and reconciled to God while He remains holy and just. In the suffering, in the cross, and in the death of Jesus we see, in the least restrained way, the holiness of our God!
If we can only be saved through faith in Christ and what He suffered, what will happen to those who reject His precious sacrifice of Himself? Woe to any man who thinks he will stand before God’s holy judgment without the Savior as his ransom and his righteousness, yet joy to those who have Jesus in that day!
New Life Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
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