Jesus Fulfilled All Righteousness Of God
Monday, April 20th, 2015
God cannot just tolerate anyone’s sins. Just as the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” Rom 6:23, sin must be condemned to death without fail. This is God’s justice. However, God is also the God of love and so to meet the two conditions of His love and His justice, He made the people of Israel pass all their sins to an unblemished sacrificial animal, by laying their hands on its head. When the people of Israel killed this animal in their place, put its blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and sprinkle it on the mercy seat, redemption was achieved justly.
The people of Israel offered the same sacrifices every year. However, such sacrifice was only a shadow of the good things to come. Heb 10:1-4. That is why God prophesized 700 years ago that His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ would be conceived in the body of a virgin and be incarnated in the flesh of man. Like this, Jesus came as the One Who will save His people from their sins and when He turned thirty, He accepted all sins by being baptized by John the Baptist, the representative of mankind. It was to fulfill all righteousness that Jesus was baptized by John.
Our Lord thus fulfilled all the righteousness of God, i.e., by the method of receiving the laying on of hands. It was to make everyone sinless that Jesus Christ was baptized and crucified. The word baptism also means to be washed, to be passed on, to be buried and it tells us that God has saved us from the sins of the world in this most appropriate and fitting way. As such, according to what God had promised to us mankind here in the OT and according to the rule established by God that sin will be passed on with the laying on of hands, our Lord accepted all our sins by being baptized.
Therefore, it is by believing in this fact that we have received the remission for our sins. As Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God came to this earth, as He accepted all our sins, all the sins of the world of the past, present and future and as He was crucified to death, through all these things, He has saved us. Now, whoever believes in the Gospel Word of the water and the Spirit which contains the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus can receive the remission of sin without discrimination.
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