God’s Free Gift

view of cross during golden hour

34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 ESV)

Martin Luther struggled.  He fully understood he wasn’t perfect.  He also knew that he could not measure up to God’s standards.  Wanting to be restored to the heavenly Father, Luther sought paths to the approval of God.  He tried good works, but how many good works would be needed to cover his sin?  He sought to punish himself, but what punishment would be sufficient to pay his debt before a perfect God?

We were created for a relationship with the Lord.  When we sinned we broke that relationship.  What still remains deep within us is the desire to be one with God.

This is why the religions of the world have developed methods and requirements to appease their gods.  Living up to certain standards will move one farther up the mountain to where their god resides.

Christianity is different.  The truth of Christianity is that God came down to us because we cannot work our way up to Him.  Jesus, God in the flesh, did all that was required of us for reconciliation with the heavenly Father.  Having obeyed the Law of God perfectly for the 33 years He walked our world, He took the guilt of our sins to the cross.  We are reminded by God’s Word that “The wages of sin is death.”  Not just a physical death—eternal death—HELL.  What Jesus experiences on the cross is a separation from the Father in heaven—which is HELL.  Jesus suffered hell on the cross so we do not have to.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my place on the cross.  Thank You for sacrificing Yourself that I would be the forgiven child of God.  Allow Your Holy Spirit free reign within my heart and mind that I may be ever grateful for Your mercy and grace.  Amen.

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