July 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
We need a Savior. In our sin-cursed state, we need a Savior to save us from the power and presence of sin; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV). Because we are sinners, we deserve to die. Sin can’t live in the presence of a sinless God and sin brings death to us. If we didn’t have a Savior, we would be forever separated from God our Creator. But in His love for us (remember, that’s the main point in everything), Christ died the death that we were supposed to die, thereby giving us access to God’s kingdom.
This plan was set from the very beginning, for “the Lamb…was slain from the creation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8 NIV). Because the plan of redemption was known even during the creation of the world, we have some insight into our eternal God. To Him, all times are present and He can see the end and the beginning. So He knew what to do to save us. We couldn’t save ourselves; how could we overcome the power of sin and death? We had already succumbed to sin and believed Satan’s lies, therefore, we are powerless against sin. The angels couldn’t save us, even though they are higher in intellect and righteousness. It is true that they are not tainted with sin, but they are not our creator and they have no power to save us. Only our Creator has the power to save us and only through His death could we be reconciled to our God.
That’s pretty powerful don’t you think? That Someone could love us so much that He would die to give us access to being eternally with Him. How many people would you be willing to die for? Or if not die, suffer immensely? Would be for your family? Your spouse? A close friend? These people we love and we know they love us. But Christ died for those He loves knowing that many don’t love Him. That’s the ultimate sacrifice to save us from sin. Sin separates. The weight of the world’s sins separated Christ from His Father when He died on the cross and sin separates us from being in God’s presence.
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, they were not left without hope. God gave them this promise, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15). The seed from the woman that God was hinting at was Jesus, and He in bruising the serpent’s head would reign supreme and conquer evil. This promise served as a reminder to Adam and Eve about their Savior and that there is hope for them. This promise was repeated and refined throughout history through the sanctuary, through the sacrificial offerings, through the prophets, and ultimately, through Christ’s first advent.
When Christ died on the cross, He showed the Earth, heaven, and all other inhabited worlds that Satan seeks to destroy and God’s aim is to love. No other sacrifice could have done that and no other person on Earth has the power to save us from sin.