Jesus Christ our Substitute

The Bible says in First Peter chapter two and verse twenty-four,  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Thank God, all of us are saved today because Someone took our place.  That is called the “vicarious” death of Jesus Christ, but take a minute today and consider why God did it and how He accomplished the work of substitution.

Someone said, “The miracle of substitution is that God wanted to do it! In the process of salvation God is not transferring penalty from one man (guilty) to another man (innocent).  He is bearing it Himself.  The absolute oneness between the Father and the Son in the work of the atonement must not for a moment be lost sight of.  When Christ substitutes for sinful man in His death, that is God Himself bearing the consequences of our sin, God saving man at cost to Himself, not at cost to someone else…, ‘He wills that sin shall be punished, but He does not will that sin shall be punished without also willing that the punishment shall fall on Himself. ‘   On the cross Christ willingly took on our sin and bore its penalty.  Nothing was pushed on Him.  If He had not willed to take our sin and accept its punishment, as sinners we would have borne the punishment of sin in hell forever.  Christ’s work on the cross  was God’s love in action!”

If you are wondering today if anyone cares about you or anyone loves you, simply take a look at Calvary.  Jesus Christ took your place!

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