Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Happy Good Friday everyone! Today is the day we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us nearly 2,000 years ago. In lieu of this holiday, I thought we could spend a little time studying the importance of the blood of Jesus.
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Even those who have never stepped inside a church know the story of Adam and Eve. They ate the forbidden fruit (thereby sinning against God), were banned from the Garden of Eden, and brought death into the world. The analysis behind the story is what most miss. Why did eating the fruit bring death into the world? It wasn’t because the fruit was poisonous or some other worldly explanation.
Adam eating the fruit was disobedience, and disobedience is sin. In fact, anything that isn’t of faith is sin (Romans 14:23), and the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Now the meaning of the word death here is two-fold. Death means separation. We are separated from those we love when they pass away. Adam and Eve died twice: once when they ate the fruit and once more, many years later.
Some of you may be scratching your heads because Adam and Eve did not physically die twice, but what I said is still true. Their first death was spiritual. They were separated (death) from God. They could no longer dwell in God’s presence in the garden (he banished them) because they were now tainted by sin. God can have nothing to do with sin because he is holy. Holy by definition means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness (Merriam-Webster).
So now that we are up-to-speed on how sin entered the world, let’s explore the payment for that sin.
All of Adam’s offspring – you, me, everyone you know, and everyone who has ever existed, save Jesus – were born with a sin nature. The Bible teaches us that sin passes to us from the father, this is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin (no man involved).
Now because we were all born with sin, we could never pay the price for sin. In the Old Testament, God allowed believers to sacrifice spotless animals to atone for their sin but these animals merely covered their sins, they didn’t cleanse them.
Now I’m sure someone is thinking, “How did an animal atone for sin?”
Let me clarify: the animal did not actually atone for the person’s sins. The animal was a symbol of what Jesus was going to do on the cross; therefore, the believer was putting their faith in the savior to come by completing the sacrifice. God did not glory in the killing of animals for all you animal-rights people. He wanted people to understand the awfulness (couldn’t think of a better word) of what His son was going to go through for them. The animal’s death was a picture of Christ’s coming death.
Old Testament saints were saved on credit. They believed the savior was going to come and pay the debt for their sins. New Testament saints are saved on debit. We believe Jesus paid the price for our sins and because the funds are there, we use them.
Jesus (the second member of the Godhead; the son of God; God Incarnate) was 100% God and 100% Human. He added humanity to himself, and while on this Earth, functioned only by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life – sinless, and because of his sinlessness, He was uniquely qualified to pay the penalty of sin.
Just as the lamb sacrificed in Old Testament times had to be spotless – Jesus was and is as well. He died nearly two millennia ago to pay the penalty for our sin debt in full. By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and by one man (Jesus) it was atoned for to provide everlasting life (Romans 5:15; John 3:16).
Now today is the day we remember Christ’s death, and Easter is the day we remember His resurrection (He was raised from the dead because God accepted His perfect sacrifice and the grave could not hold Him – remember, death is the penalty of sin, and He was sinless). Jesus now sits at the righthand of the Father, and if we accept His sacrifice for our sins, we can one day join Him in Heaven.
If you haven’t accepted the Lord yet, consider it this Easter, and if you have a lost loved one, share this article with them.
God bless, and happy Easter everyone!