Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Infinite Savior: Part 2 of 2

At this point many will appeal to the love of God. They heard somewhere that God is love, and they believe that God must be love, so with this in mind they bank their eternal souls on this assumption: God is love and therefore He will overlook the sins that I have committed.

 But in reality even the attribute of God’s love is, in one sense, turned against us as sinners: Because God is perfectly good and loves what is good, He must hate what is not good; and sin is not good. Because God is perfect love and loves what is lovable and most worthy of love, He must hate what is contrary to love; and mutinous self-centered sin is contrary to love. And because God is perfectly just and loves what is perfectly just, He must hate what is unjust; and sin is unjust. He must punish every sin or He Himself becomes unjust and a lover of what is wrong. He then would become unloving and a hater of His own attributes. Far from stteing us free from the wrath of God, His love in some ways only serve to compound our problem. We are truly in a  dilemma!

Who can pay an infinite debt? There is only one answer dear reader; an infinite being! Only God could pay an infinite price. Only God could expunge such a debt. Only God could absorb an infinite punishment and then say, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

In Jesus Christ we have God in human flesh taking upon Himself the sin of His people and absorbing that sin in full. In Jesus Christ we have a man keeping the Law of God that mankind did not keep and we have man dying the death that mankind deserved. Yet at the same time we have the infinite God in the person of the Son paying the infinite debt that we owe to God the Father! Who but God could come up with such a wonderful and gracious plan?

Without violating justice at all, He has dealt out the perfect punishment for our sin. But in an act of incomprehensible love he has taken that punishment upon himself for all those who will humble themselves, surrender to Him and trust Him entirely to deliver them from the wrath that they deserve.

Reader, if the Jesus you know and worship is not the second person of the Trinity; God the Son, fully God and yet fully man, then you do not worship the Jesus of the Bible. And if the Jesus that you call “Savior” is not God in human flesh, then your “Savior” cannot save you from the infinite guilt of your sins! If your Jesus is not God, then you must die in your sins and you must wear out eternity suffering the righteous judgment of God for the myriad of sins that you have committed against Him.

But why do such a horrible thing? Why not turn from your sins and flee to the real Savior? Why not flee to the Savior who is willing to save those who have foolishly rebelled against Him? Why not flee to the Savior who is kind enough to save those who have hated Him for no reason? Why not flee to the Savior who is powerful enough to pay for sin in full? Why be estranged from such a Savior when He so graciously invites you to come to Him?

That Jesus alone can give you rest from the burden of your sins!

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”
1 Timothy 1:15

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 7:25

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