“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” (John 3:16a, NIV 1984).
“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22, NIV 1984).
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:5, 10, NIV 1984).
“Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:24–25, 27 NIV 1984).
“Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16b, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Focus on these two words – “so loved.” Two definitions of so are:
- To such a great extent – That He would sacrifice His only Son to save us.
- And for this reason – He sent His Son into the world.
So, such a small word, such a large meaning.
Christ had to come into the word, to become flesh, because “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Only a blood sacrifice will do. But not just any blood. The blood of God.
“Pierced for our transgressions,” not His. He was without sin. He was God in the flesh, who became sin on our behalf. God willingly crushed Him and caused Him to suffer, exacting the price required to exonerate us and bring us peace with God.
But death could not keep Him in the grave. God is greater our sin and greater than the death sin brought with it. He rose from the dead to live forever. He had already been in existence forever, for He had no beginning. From Creator, to Savior to High Priest. A priest is a mediatory agent. And Jesus is “unlike the other high priests.” He does not need to keep returning to the Father with sacrifice after sacrifice. When “He offered Himself,” no other sacrifice was required. Because so (there’s that word again) “worthy was the Lamb that was slain” that the penalty for all of mankind’s sin past, present and future was paid for.
My Advice – For all of mankind means that “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Do you believe? Your sins have been paid for, but you have to show the “receipt.”
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