He Paid the Price
Theme of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Sin?
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
Dig Deeper: Romans 5:6-11
God will not tolerate sin. He condemns it and demands payment for it. [In fact,] God said all sin is very bad and demands the death penalty.
You may say, "That's pretty harsh." It is indeed—so harsh that God's love determined to send Someone who would pay the most brutal penalty. That Someone is the Lord Jesus Christ. He came willingly. Jesus, the perfect Son of God—who knew no sin—chose to bear our sins. The Bible says, "He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him" (2 Cor. 5:21, NKJV).
This is the wonderful story of the Cross. Jesus paid the debt of our sins on the cross of Calvary to free us from having to suffer the penalty due us. People have turned their souls over to Satan, but from the cross of Christ we can hear the Savior say, "I have come to rescue you … come to me. I bear the weight and the marks of your sin to set you free." He went willingly to the cross to recover the ownership of your soul. Christ paid the highest price with his precious blood to ransom all who are lost in sin.
—Billy Graham in The Reason for My Hope: Salvation
My Response: I will reflect on this sentence from the reading: "He went willingly to the cross to recover the ownership of [my] soul."
Thought to Apply: In the Cross we find a perfect reconciling of God's blazing holiness, holy justice, incomprehensible wisdom, omnipotent power, and unfathomable love.—Bob Kauflin (songwriter, worship leader)
Adapted from The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.
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