Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Dear friends, do you know before God and the Word of the strict Law of God, there is no one who can declare himself to be sinless and righteous? Yes, it’s true. We human beings, cannot avoid eternal judgment and punishment for the innumerable sins committed throughout our lifetime. To be precise, in God’s sight we were merely wretched and hopeless beings, like the woman who suffered from the hemorrhage of sin for twelve years and squandered all her possessions looking for a cure. Luke 8:40-48
However, it is out of God’s unfathomable grace and mercy that made Jesus descend into our dark world to save hopeless people like us. Jesus Who is God Himself came to us incarnated in the flesh of man. Our Saviour came to break the chain of sin binding people and to eradicate the curses of hell accruing from sin. In order to bestow His perfect salvation, Jesus forsook His divine throne and came to us in a lowly image of a man. Jesus our God, Who is the Word, came by the water and the blood because we could not be saved unless He came to us in the flesh. 1 John:5:6
Even though He knew no sin, God the Father made Him bear all the sins of mankind
Therefore, no one can receive the perfect remission of sin unless he finds Jesus Christ who came by the water and the Spirit. John 3:5. Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, is God Himself. Even though He knew no sin, God the Father made Him bear all the sins of mankind. This work of bearing all our sins was achieved when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River at the age of 30. In other words, all our sins were passed on to Jesus through His baptism. This why when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him the day after His baptism, he declared “Behold, The Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29.
This was the fulfillment of the promise of salvation foreshadowed by the sacrifice of the day of atonement in which Aaron, the High Priest, had passed the yearly sins of the people of Israel to the unblemished scapegoat by laying his hands on its head on behalf of the Israelites. What happened to the scapegoat that bore the sins of the people of Israel? This scapegoat had to be abandoned in the wilderness and die on behalf of the Israelites to pay off the wages of their sins. In the same manner, Jesus also went to the cross and paid off the wages of all sins of mankind by shedding His blood once and for all. When Jesus took His last breath on the Cross, He shouted out loudly, “it is finished!” John 19:13. What is it that Jesus finished here? He finished the work of making atonement for the sins of the human race.
Now, whoever believes in Jesus’ work of salvation, in this Gospel of the water and the Spirit, can receive the perfect remissions of sins and be saved once and for all.By faith in this finished work of Christ, anyone now can become a sinless and righteous person, a child of God and an heir to Heaven. Jesus the Son of God and God Himself, has already blotted out all our sins through His baptism and His death on the Cross. Whoever affirms this Word by faith and believes in it will receive the perfect remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Suffering from hemorrhage of sin, not a day goes by when our hearts does not bleed sin. However, when we believe in the powerful Gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit which represents the baptism, death and resurrection, the river of sin dried up once and for all, just as the source of hemorrhage of the woman dried up.
Glory to God!!