The costly wounds of God’s forgiveness

God is a holy God and therefore, when we do wrong and ask for mercy, he cannot just say:’tidak apa, it does not matter. I forgive you.’ Our sin has to be dealt with and punished. And, at great cost: THE FATHER GAVE HIS SON and THE SON GAVE HIS LIFE.

A The Father Gave His Son

Jesus Christ explains this in what must be the best known verse in the Bible – John 3:16

16”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This love gift (Jesus Christ) has been given to the world – ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH.

The apostle Peter, in his message to the Jews on the Day of Pentecost, tells us in more detail concerning the Father’s set purpose for his Son.

22”Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24But 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 :22-24)

B The Son Gave His Life

Beginning his ministry in 740 B.C., Isaiah foretold the horror that Jesus Christ would experience when he took the punishment for our sin in order that we might be forgiven.

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:3-6

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Phillip Bliss (1838 – 76)

One Reply to “The costly wounds of God’s forgiveness”

  1. It is all too easy to forget the little sins. I have found it so very
    important to spend just a few moments looking back over the day before
    climbing into bed, recalling the ways in which I have hurt others and
    failed to live up to my Christian faith. I ask forgiveness and help so
    that I can begin anew tomorrow giving praise to my Lord for all he has
    done in my life. Thank you Jesus.
    Michael

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