Matthew 3:17 – And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus was given for us!
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon HIs shoulder.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Have you ever thought about how hard it would be for a father to give his only son up to die so that others might live? Parents of soldiers do it all the time but they can’t wipe away our sins. But for our heavenly Father to give His only begotten Son for others who don’t even care and then watch Him suffer is the ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus was killed for us.
Matthew 16:21 – From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
You would think that at least one of Jesus disciples would have told Him not to go. Not one of them did and that tells me that they didn’t believe what He just told them was going to happen. But why did Jesus have to suffer so much at the hands of others?
“Propitiation!” 1 John 2:2 – And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also the whole world. 1 John 4:10 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Ex-pitiation looks at sin from the sinners perspective. It looks at our sin from our standpoint. We’re thankful our sins have been covered and cleansed by the blood of Jesus and expelled from us. But propitiation looks at sin from God’s standpoint. And remember, God is a holy and just God. Propitiation means that God’s wrath has been completely satisfied and that justice has completely been served.
It would be like: If someone in our family was murdered and the murderer had a trial, but someone stood up and said, “I’ll take his punishment.” Would that satisfy the families anger against the murderer? No, it wouldn’t. And would that serve justice? No, it wouldn’t, because the guilty party was not punished. But, what if at that trial, evidence was brought forward that the murderer was not really the murderer? Another is brought to light, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they are the true murderer and they are sentenced for the crime. Would that help appease the anger of the family? Yes, it would.
However, Jesus was innocent of all sin, suffered and died for yours and my sin, received all the punishment that was due you and me. An innocent took our place. Was justice done? According to God, it was because death was the penalty for sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God took His wrath out on Jesus because our sin was removed and placed on His Son and the punishment for sin is death. What Jesus did saves us all from the day of wrath!
1 Thessalonians 1:10 – …whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. We need to remember, this is for those who believe, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. All those who don’t believe will one day face God’s wrath.
Jesus was raised from the dead.
John 21:14 – This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Acts 5:30 – The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Jesus walked the earth 40 days after He was raised from the dead. He was also seen by 500 people at the same time: 1 Corinthians 15:6 – After that, He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we will be raised from the dead! 1 Corinthians 6:14 – and God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
1 Corinthians 15:52 – in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
2 Corinthians 4:14 – knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus.
Do you want to be a participant in the resurrection of the saints? It’s very simple: Romans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
God gave His Son to be offered up as a perfect sacrifice so that we could one day be resurrected to spend all eternity with Him!