Will you accept the sacrifice?

Rom. 5:8, “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  After reading this, anyone will probably say, “Amen?”  It surely is one of the most beautiful scriptures in the Bible for any person in the world.  And I say “any person” because it does not say Christ died for the remorseful or the believer, but for those who are “still” sinners.  The ramification of the verse is evident; the possibility of our salvation was assured by an act of Jesus long before we deserved it and the promises attached to it are eternal.  That means that the hope of an eternity with God is open to anyone who is willing to accept it.

Paul will continue that thought with the words of Rom. 5:9-10, “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”  The agony of the cross, marked by the blood of Christ that justified us opened the door for our salvation.  The primary reason Christ died for us was to become the sin sacrifice for all of humanity that would appease the rightful anger of God against fallen man – you and me included.  Another way of saying that is Christ was the propitiation for our sins.

And the best part is that there is no price attached to it.  We are not asked to study the Bible for a test we have to pass before we can avail ourselves of it.  We do not have to give a certain amount of money to the church or do a certain amount of good works in the community before we can grab onto the promises attached to Christ’s death.  In fact, Eph. 2:8 says, “For, by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God….” It is not of our own doing, but something is given to us freely by the mercy and grace of God.  We do not have to be clever, rich, good-looking, educated, or courageous – we just need to believe and then act on that belief.

His life for ours – wow!  The life of the perfect for the life of the imperfect.  That brothers and sisters is the epitome of true love.  But why would God sacrifice His only Son to offer us the opportunity to be saved?  John 3:16 probably says it best, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  God loves His creation so much, despite our apparent weakness and tendency to rely on ourselves, that He was willing to sacrifice His Son for us.  Think about the magnitude of that love for a second.  

Also, the Trinity each had a part to play in this ultimate spiritual drama.  God loved us so much that He offered His Son to save us, and then He gave us the Holy Spirit to accompany us on our journey through our brief life on earth.  The only question is, “Will you accept the sacrifice?”. Will you grab onto God’s love and avail yourself of Christ’s sacrifice?  While you ponder that question, here is a final scripture to help you in that regard. Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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