Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christ Died For Our Sins

Two soldiers had been serving together in Vietnam since their arrival. They had become inseparable. Whenever they went into combat, one would always cover the back of the other. In their many fire-fights, one would always lead and the other would follow. The next time, they would change places.

One day it was John’s turn to go first. But he hesitated for a moment, sensing the closeness of the enemy. Will became anxious and made the first move. He was killed instantly.

Returning home John was telling some of his friends about the experience. “It was my turn,” he said, “but Will took my place and died.”

There was a day in history when Jesus took our place. Peter said, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God...”

Jesus lived His entire life knowing the closeness of the enemy – Satan. He knew that if He did not take our place, the righteous for the unrighteous, that we would die. Christ’s death was the climax of God’s plan to make amends, “to atone,” for our sins.

Because Jesus died for our sins, the innocent for the guilty, we can come to God in faith believing that our sins are fully paid for and that His righteousness is now our righteousness and we are permanently secure in Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your grace and mercy that makes our salvation possible. Through Christ, we know that our sins are forgiven. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, (NIV)

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