THE CROSS OF CHRIST
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  Job 11-13 | Acts 9:1-21

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” ?—1 Peter 3:18

The cross of Jesus Christ stands as the central message of the Gospel. Paul writes, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). People often ask: Was the cross of Christ necessary? Could God not have found another way of forgiving our sin without the brutality of the cross?

It is important we understand what lies behind the cross. It is not in the first instance the love of God, but the justice of God. The brutality of the cross is an expression of God’s anger and judgment upon sin. Jesus did not die first and foremost for us, but for God, because He is first a God of justice. But in His love and mercy, God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sin, which satisfied the just wrath of a just God.

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins…” It is not on the basis of God’s mercy we confess our sins, but on the basis of God’s justice. As Christ paid the penalty for our sin, justice has been met, and on that basis alone God is able to forgive. Not only are we forgiven, but we are also justified—a legal term, meaning justice has been satisfied—that is, all our sins were nailed to the cross with Christ. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

We do not deserve forgiveness and we cannot add to it, which is why penance of any kind is unnecessary. God requires nothing more than we come humbly to the cross of Christ, for it is sufficient for every sin ever committed. To be given only a conditional discharge whereby God forgives me now, but will punish me later if I do the same thing again, immediately undermines the cross, and will eventually leave us wondering if we have not exhausted God’s mercy.

We are not only forgiven and cleansed, but declared righteous. 1 John 4:17 says, “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: in this world we are like Jesus.” The justice of God is the basis of forgiveness and is also the basis of the transfer of Christ’s righteousness to us. William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 1940s, writes: “The only contribution we make to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary for us to be saved from.” Forgiveness meets one of the deepest needs of our hearts, and Calvary’s cross is where we begin.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You with all my heart for paying the penalty for my sin, so that I may receive forgiveness and be declared righteous before God.


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