Our church plant/ pastoral intern Vaclav answers for us one more of the questions that were submitted on Sunday. We didn’t get a chance to talk about this in our open forum but it’s a great question- a vital question when it comes to true Christianity:
Q3. You mentioned that our sin is so offensive to God that it can only be righted by another’s death and it cannot be our own. Did it have to be Jesus’ death? Could it have been someone else’s? Why not our own in response to our own sin?
Ezekiel 18:20 says according to the law, “The one who sins is the one who will die.” But our sin is not just against another sinful human being. Our sin is against a holy and infinite God. And a sin against an infinite person requires an infinite payment.
If God let you and me die for our sins against him we would be paying for it forever. So God in his mercy and love sent a perfect substitute, his Son the man Christ Jesus, to not only die our justly deserved death, but also to live the perfectly righteous life we could not live. So Jesus fulfilled both, he took away our unrighteousness [our constant striving to be good enough for God] and he fulfilled the righteousness we did not. Jesus came “to fulfill all righteousness”. (Matthew 3:15). In three hours on the cross as an innocent and perfect sacrifice Jesus suffered the eternal punishment we deserved. “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:24). Death for our sin would hold us forever because sin was in us, but death could not hold Jesus because there was no sin in his righteous soul. Our sins were credited to Jesus Christ, and in three hours in his righteous nature he has absorbed the infinite wrath of God for our infinite offence against God. There is no one who does not sin, except Jesus. Not us, but Jesus is Gods only salvation for us.
Here’s a great place to find some good basic answers to some good basic questions about the Bible:: Got Questions?
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