Friday, February 6, 2009

Luke, Chapter 23 part 2

What if God doesn’t care? The last few days have been brutal on me. That single thought has echoed in my head as I have suffered a breakdown on several mental fronts. I won’t go into detail here because going into detail accomplishes nothing. If we believe what is written in today’s section, however, it is plain that God does indeed care. It’s that simple.

If you believe this section, then God cares because it presents the death of His Son on the cross for the sins of all mankind. This represents the sole hope for all of humanity. If it is not true, then we’re all lost and there is no hope. There is no middle ground here. The only way we can gain salvation and eternal life is through the death outlined in this section.

44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. – Luke 23:44-46

This was only half of the equation. We later see that Jesus enjoyed victory over death, but the death itself is significant because He died as the perfect, sinless lamb. To this point, no one had ever led a sinless life, and no one has since. Under Jewish law, each sacrifice had to be a perfect sacrifice in order to atone for sins. If it wasn’t perfect, it would be thrown out. That is why Christ had to be the one to die for all humanity. He was perfect. With this death, the final victory was won. The rest was yet to be played out.

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