Jesus' sacrificial atonement - the permanent solution
Week beginning: 14th April, 2019 | By Kiki Alo | London
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 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.Romans 5:8-10 (ESV)
As lawyers we are often called upon to provide water-tight solutions that will stand the test of time to our clients' legal problems. Of course, most of our solutions only ever remain valid for as long as applicable legal and cultural rules remain unchanged, or until technological advances force a re-think.
The greatest problem facing humanity is the wrath of, and separation from, God, caused by our sin – for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In His loving mercy, whilst we were still sinners, God gave his only Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9–10). As He hung on the cross, bruised, beaten and forsaken, Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine, once and for all.
As we ponder the events that took place in Golgotha in Jerusalem many years ago this Easter, let us give thanks to God that He offers the permanent (and only) solution. For those who put their trust in Him, Jesus Christ's death on the cross and resurrection three days later achieves that which humanity so greatly needs – forgiveness of our sins and eternal reconciliation with God the Father.
1. Thank God for His loving mercy in rescuing us from our sinful nature and redeeming us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
2. Ask God for boldness in sharing the true Easter message and the free offer of forgiveness and salvation made possible only as a result of Jesus' atoning sacrifice.