Salvation through Death – The Jesus Factor
Salvation through Death – The Jesus Factor
But God was not willing to let this circumstance continue – even from the very beginning, God had put a plan into motion that would totally transform the equation. Since man couldn’t live in the presence of God with sin – then sin would have to be removed from the equation. The problem was, no matter HOW GOOD a man was, he could NEVER be without sin. Indeed, the scripture is quite clear:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
From the time that Adam sinned, man was born into sin. So, then, what could be done? The problem was the penalty of sin – the only way to remove sin was through death. Consider what God had commanded back in the law.
32 ‘If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish. 33 Then he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill it as a sin offering at the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34 The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour all the remaining blood at the base of the altar. 35 He shall remove all its fat, as the fat of the lamb is removed from the sacrifice of the peace offering. Then the priest shall burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord. So the priest shall make atonement for his sin that he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.
Look carefully at the sequence – when sin was present, then he would bring his sacrifice to the priest, and he (the sinner) would then kill the offering and the priest would then take the blood and put it on the offering. In this way, the sin would be forgiven. Forgiveness of sin required death. There was no other way.
But God, knowing this, had prepared His perfect sacrifice – the one that would take away the sins of the world for all time. Under the law, the children of Israel would have to sacrifice year after year in order to cover sin.
1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Therefore, He prepared another sacrifice – the one that would complete the task once and for all.
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Through the death of Jesus Christ, sin was finally defeated. The law was fulfilled – for the price of sin had been paid through death. But, thank God, it was not OUR death – it was that of Jesus Christ. Now, for the very first time, man could again approach the throne of God without fear and live in the presence of God – because the price of sin had been paid. Consider the scripture:
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who ishe who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yes, Jesus Christ purchased our salvation through His death, and He know serves as High Priest before God – serving as an advocate for us. If the story ended there, it would still be the most incredible thing imaginable, but the story DOESN’T end there.