free gift

October 18, 2014

crown of thorns

We all need to deal with the problem of sin in our lives. The greater our understanding of our need the more we will appreciate what God has done.

The good news of Christianity is that God loves us and He did not leave us in the mess that we make of our own lives. In the person of His Son Jesus, God came to earth to die instead of us (2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13). This has been called the “self-substitution of God.” In the words of the apostle Peter, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree . . . by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

 

 

 

My wife and I our polar opposites, she was stable, raised in a religious home, never did anything wrong, naïve, innocent and never broke a law, I on the other hand was exactly the opposite, in a gang, in and out of jail, drugs, theft, violence. But we both needed a Savior, compared to other people she wasn’t bad; compare me to other people, bad (even our friends called us angel and the bad man). Yet compared to the holiness of God we were both rank sinners, such as we are all.

 

 

 

 Jesus came as our substitute. He endured crucifixion for us. Cicero described crucifixion as “the most cruel and hideous of tortures.” Jesus was stripped and tied to a whipping post. He was flogged with four or five thongs of leather interwoven with sharp jagged bone and lead. Eusebius, the third-century church historian, described Roman flogging in these terms: the sufferer’s “veins were laid bare, and . . . the very muscles, sinews and bowels of the victim were open to exposure.” He was then taken to Pilate’s headquarters where a crown of thorns was thrust onto His head. He was mocked by a battalion of about 600 men and hit about the face and head.

 

 

 

For you and for me he died, our sins, our lives, we are all guilty before God. Yet it is not wrath but divine love that had his one and only son go to the cross for us. In one agonizing day Christ paid the cost for all of us, the ultimate gift. The supreme sacrifice.

 

 

 

If you’ve never accepted this gift, it is freely given for you, I pray you don’t turn your back on this the greatest gift.

 

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

2 Responses to “free gift”

  1. Mon Ange said

    Well said… “Angels” and “Devils” need Jesus.

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