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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries

 

There is a song, “He could have called 10,000 angels, but He died alone for you and me.”

On the cross Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice for sin. God only had two options in dealing with fallen humanity. He could let justice and righteousness prevail and just ignore mankind, or He could provide a substitute to pay the penalty for Adam’s sin.

However, the substitute must be sinless. “Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish...” (Deut. 17:1). The only solution was to send His beloved Son as the perfect God-man as the sacrifice and substitute for the sin of man. Through Adam, all inherit the curse of sin. Through Jesus Christ, the curse of sin is removed (Romans 5:12-17).

Jesus alone was the sacrifice for sin, and the substitute for the sinner. He alone was the perfect Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

On the cross, He saw His mother and beloved disciple John. As much as they would have loved to help Him, it was something He had to do – alone! God the Father loved His Son, but He would not help.

Jesus cried, “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me. He was forsaken because He alone was the one sacrifice for sin.

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Heb.10:12). He cried, “It is finished!” The last sacrifice for sin was made. “There is no more offering for sin” (Heb.10:18). Many Thousands of lambs were offered for past atonement of sin, but when Jesus died the sacrifices ceased. Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice for sin past, present and future.

What can wash away my sins? “Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

On the cross Jesus was the final sacrifice for our sin. In the tomb, He was the substitute for our death, and the resurrection validated Him as the risen Saviour. He is the only risen Saviour! He then ascended to His rightful place in Heaven at the right hand of God. He sat down and could say, “The will of God has been done! It is finished!”

Because of Easter all can now be saved. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). (John 3:16) Jesus alone paid the penalty for your sin. His sacrifice restored mankind again to God in Heaven (John 14:6).

Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the meaning of Easter. He is risen – He is risen indeed!

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.


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