The past 2 blogs we have looked at some pretty gloomy stuff. We've talked about the definition of sin and the result of sin. Sin always brings death and separation. We've also looked at the sacrificial system the Israelites used to do in order to be in right standing with God.
Now comes the fun part...Jesus. Jesus death and resurrection was a monumental moment in history that changed our lives forever.
Romans 3:25 says God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
Hebrews 2:17 says For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people
Even though Jesus was God He didn't cling to His rights as God but humbled Himself and became a servant, obedient until death on the cross (Philippians 2:8). Jesus left amazing heaven to become born in human flesh simply to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (missing the mark). He walked this earth in complete obedience to His Heavenly Father and lived without sin (Hebrews 4:15). When He died on that cross, He was shedding His blood to cover our sins once and for all. HE WAS THE ULTIMATE SCAPEGOAT so we could be forgiven.
Now the Jesus has done the hard part, it all boils down to our part. The Bible says that with out faith it is impossible to please God. We must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder for those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11). Our part is accepting His love and sacrifice and putting our faith and trust in Him. Our part is coming to the realization that we have missed the mark and we need His love and forgiveness.
As we come to this Easter weekend I pray that You are overwhelmed with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. I pray that you realize how valuable you are and that you were worth Christ dying for. May you embrace Him and open up your heart to Him. May you put your faith and trust in His sacrifice.