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10 Things Jesus Did for Me: #2 Jesus DIED for me

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A friend just sent me a quote from a new book by Rick Holland entitled Uneclipsing The Son.   This quote is so good I ordered the book!   Enjoy the glorious gospel truth that “Jesus died for us to reconcile us to God!”  (See Romans 5:6-11). 

Paul says in Romans 5 verse 6, "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly."   Few, it seems, have taken the time for such a consideration.  One church's website records this testimony of a new believer: "Here, I have found pastors who teach gently in the way of Christ....absent of judgment, without condemnation,  good people who share the best of what means the most to them."

 

As pleasant as the words sound, we might ask ourselves, Is that biblical Christianity, " a friendly place for personal sharing"?  If there is no judgment, no condemnation, what need does the gospel meet for such a congregation?  If God is not angry, what need have we of Christ to appease Him personally, with His own blood?  The worst of possibilities and realities are not put out of mind in the Christian gospel; they're held central in the foolishness of God to crucify His Son for those under His rightful judgment and condemnation. 

Paul belabors his description of these realities, lest we miss them.  In verse 6 he says that we're "helpless," and then that we're "ungodly."  In verse 8 he calls us simply "sinners."  And in verse 10 he says that we're "enemies" of God. Helpless, ungodly sinners who are the enemies of God---that's our biography; that's our spiritual pedigree.  What does that all mean?

To be helpless is to be a blind man in an art gallery, a deaf man at a symphony. It's like trying to pick up an FM signal with an AM radio....without a battery...with a broken antenna...and every wire inside has been cut...the knobs have been broken off....the guts of the radio have been extracted...there's no on/off switch...you have no hands on your body to even touch it....and the radio is on the moon.

And one more thing. You're dead.

So there you are. Anti-God and dead to Him.

Hopeless.

But then, "at the right time," the apostle explains, "Christ died for us." 

Praise the LORD!  Jesus died for you to reconcile you to GOD – today, tomorrow, and forever!  

  

 

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