“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:23 (KJV)
Who is Jesus Christ and why should you believe onto Him?
To comprehend the greatness of Jesus Christ, His life and His sacrifice, we must first understand who man is. Not comprehending the depravity of men is taking away from the Glory of Jesus Christ.
Who is man?
Let’s take a long, hard look at who we are apart from God. Who we are since birth.
We see in Jeremiah 17:9 that “the human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and is desperately wicked“. Now you may say that is a bit harsh, but in Mark 7:21 & 22 we see that “for from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness”. That is pretty evil if you asked me.
Indifferent towards God.
Some theologians say that all men are born hating God and although I did not find specific scripture that words it exactly like that, I do agree that we are all born indifferent towards God and are all born in sin. King David wrote in Psalms, “behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me”. It is human nature to sin. As frightening as it sounds, sin comes natural to us.
None are righteous.
We also see from scripture that “there is none righteous, not one, and no one that seeks God”. Isaiah says that even the earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated His laws, and broken His everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 24:5).
Think of the world today. How many wicked and evil things are happening today? How many shootings had we had just in the last year? And what about ISIS? How many christians suffered by the hands of these evil people? Our children are being taught in schools that immorality is normal and they are encouraged to explore the sinful nature. And what about the corruptness and immorality of our leaders? One might have a heart attack just thinking of the severity of evilness and wickedness of this world.
Now do you see why we as wicked, sinful humans needed someone to reconcile us with the One True God?
This is where Jesus comes in.
In order for us to be reconciled with God, a sacrifice had to be made. The blood of a lamb would not be enough to cover my iniquities, let alone the whole worlds’! If that was the case as it was back in the days before Jesus, we would have no lambs left!
Keep in mind throughout this content that Jesus is the Son of God.
How it all began.
Imagine God sitting in His glorious throne, resting in the beautiful glory of His pure Son Jesus. As the Father shares with His Son the iniquities of the His people, because Jesus is love, offers to be that sacrifice so that undeservingly, you would have a chance at everlasting life, and could step from being an enemy of God to being a child of the King of Kings!
I imagine that the Father rose from His throne immediately as Jesus offered to die for you on the cross, and His heart wrenched at the thought of allowing His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for us, evil people! But because God is just, the sacrifice had to be given for the sins of men.
The wrath of God poured out onto Jesus for you.
The Father would explain to the Son that if He chose to do this, it would be all or nothing. The whole cup of God’s wrath would pour out onto Jesus. There would be no mercy! He would become an abomination to God, for it is written, anyone who justifies an evil man is an abomination to God. (Proverbs 17:15). He would become a curse for us. (2 Cor. 5:21) He would become sin and God the Father would turn His face away from Him at Calvary because God could not look at sin in His own Son. (Matthew 27:46).
Now, remember that Jesus Christ chose to justify us even when we did not give Him any cause to do so. He took the cup of the wrath of God that was meant for us. How precious is He!?
Beauty of Jesus Christ:
Isaiah tells us that he saw Jesus in all His Glory; “I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” How glorious He must be if even the seraphim’s could not look at Him! (Isaiah 6: 1-3).
A million pages would not be enough to describe the beauty of Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ if beautiful to me.
First of all, Jesus Christ was crucified. But most importantly Jesus Christ was risen! If He didn’t rise again like He promised, I would still be living in my sin. (1 Corinthians 15:17). The beauty of this is that through His death I was reconciled with God and through His resurrection, I no longer live, but Jesus Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20). When God looks down on me, He sees Jesus Christ and not my sin because I believe in Jesus, in His death and in His resurrection. I did not have to atone my own sin; I was not required to kill a sheep to receive forgiveness. There was nothing I could do to atone my sins. I just needed to believe in Jesus in my heart and confess it with my mouth. (Romans 10:9).
He is my hope.
Jesus is first of all my hope. He gives me the desire to keep living because I know with Him in my life, I can always fall back on Him. He is the only reliable and sure existence in my life that never disappoints. When hardships strike, it is so wonderful to be able to say to myself, “Jesus is your hope; He’s got your back!”
Jesus Christ is my only constant. He promises to never leave me nor forsake me. Nothing can separate me from His love. (Deuteronomy 31:7). The infinite love, mercy, power and grace that He bestows on me everyday is beautiful beyond words.