“It’s your understanding of why Jesus had to die that endows you with the supernatural ability needed to maximize the unlimited benefits of His death; which constitutes the scope of God’s gift of forgiveness for mankind” [From me to you].
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Romans 5:17 is a good starting point for today’s post. Speaking by the Holy Spirit, Paul tells us that “The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are kings of life because of this one man, Jesus Christ” [The Living Bible].
God’s forgiveness is a gift that stems from His unfailing love for mankind. According to God’s Word, Jesus is the means of expression of God’s forgiveness to humanity.
That’s why John cleverly remarked that “… Jesus Christ brought us LOVING FORGIVENESS” [John 1:17 TLB]; and Luke also tells us in Acts 13:38 [TLB] that “In this man Jesus, there is FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR SINS”.
After seeing these scriptures, one pertinent question that ran through my mind for long was this:
“What’s the Scope of God’s Forgiveness?” It covers all our sins – past, present and future sins.
It’s key to understand that the forgiveness of all our sins is a gift from a loving God to all who will care to accept the fact that in Christ, God has forgiven them of all their sins – past, present and future sins. That’s why John the Beloved referred to God’s gift of forgiveness as “Loving forgiveness”. It’s an expression of God’s unending love for mankind.
The point I want to make is that Christ brought us the gift of God’s Loving Forgiveness, through which God doesn’t hold any man responsible for their sins, but blots them out. He did that for every human that has ever and will ever live upon the face of the earth, in the body of Christ.
In order to strengthen this undying truth, Paul tells us that “For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, NO LONGER COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM, BUT BLOTTING THEM OUT”[2 Corinthians 5:19].
This is exactly what God wants you to know, because it’s what the Bible calls “Good News” [2 Corinthians 5:21b].
This explains why in The Living Bible rendition of 1 Peter 2:24, Peter tells us unequivocally that, “He [Jesus] personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross”.
Even before He took to the cross, when John the Baptist saw Him far afield, his thoughts were unquestionably clear: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” [John 1:29].
On his own part as an eye witness, Peter doesn’t only tells us that Christ died on the cross, but he goes more profound to shed light on the implication of Jesus’ death. The death of Christ on the cross was by God’s permission, given that God spoke about this when Jesus was about to be born, by the voice of an angel, according to Saint Matthew [Matthew 1:21].
Personally carrying the load of our sins in His own body when He died on a wooden cross, was actually part of God’s plan to secure our past, present and future forgiveness of ALL our sins [Colossians 2:13 TLB].
Even while Jesus was on earth literally, He knew that carrying the load of our sins upon His body and dying with it on the cross was His mission. The simple reason for saying this is tied to the fact that Jesus spoke about that with His then disciples, and it was recorded by Mark, John and Paul [Mark 10:45; John15:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:20].
You see, Jesus came to give His life a ransom for many; that is, those who will dare to receive Him. As our ransom, He had to die on the cross with the load of our sins [past, present and future] in His own body. The anonymous author of the Book of Hebrews says “But Christ gave himself to God for our sins as one sacrifice for all time, and then sat down in the place of highest honour at God’s right hand” [Hebrews 10:12 TLB].
After reading these scriptures I sat up to start asking myself the following questions:
- “Why Did Jesus Have to Do this?”
- “Why did He die carrying the load of our sins on His own body as stated in 1 Peter 2:24 TLB?”
- “Was there no other way to deal with the issue of sin that had so much weighed down humanity through Adam?”
Sincerely speaking, the Holy Spirit told me that THE CROSS WAS THE ONLY WAY. In fact, dying on the cross with the load of our sins in His own body was God’s ideal path geared towards guaranteeing that the issue of sin was dealt with once and for all.
The Bible leaves us with a lot of reasons why it was of absolute necessity for Jesus to die on a wooden cross, carrying the load of our sins in His own body. In what is left to be said about this post, that’s what I’m going to focus on.
Speaking by the Holy Spirit, Peter says this about Jesus: “He [Jesus] personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross, so that we can be finished with sin, and live a good life from now on. For his wounds have healed ours” [1 Peter 2:24 TLB].
Why did Jesus die on the cross with the load of our sins in His own body?
- To make provision for the full payment for our sins [John 19:30-31; Hebrews 9:12].
- To secure good living for mankind. [Romans 7:4 TLB].
What this means is that no one can really live a good life while still carrying the load of his sins. That’s why it was imperative for Christ to die for us.
- To provide total healing and divine health for mankind.
We all have wounds caused by different things, but traceable to sin; yet His wounds give us healing from all our wounds.
- To give us complete victory over sin by putting sin’s power away forever. “…He came once for all, at the end of the age, to put away the power of sin forever, by dying for us” [Hebrews 9:26 TLB].
This is the simple reason behind Paul’s statement in Romans 6:12. God won’t ask us to do something when He hasn’t made available a means to get it done or appropriated. The reason why sin shouldn’t have dominion or control over us is because through Christ’s death on the cross, during which the load of all our sins was nailed in His body, the power of sin was destroyed forever. So as long as you’re in Christ, sin is powerless in your life [Romans 6:2-4 TLB].
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