God will not overcome evil by crushing it under-foot—any god of man's idea could do that—but by conquest of heart over heart, of life over life, of life over death, of love over all. — George MacDonald
Heroes respond to needs. They see the crisis and take action. Jesus took radical action! He spanned the gap of eternity to enter our world and then gave it all. Why? There are at least three good reasons, all wrapped up in the crisis called “sin.”
- Because of God’s justice, our sins required forgiveness. He couldn’t just say, “Well, never mind! I love you, so I won’t worry about your sins.” He is just! He is perfectly just so He can’t do that! We couldn’t forgive ourselves, so He had to come up with a way to forgive us!
- Because we were dead in sin, we needed Jesus to provide life for us. We could not provide life for ourselves because, well, we were dead.
- Because of our rebellion, our relationship with God the Father required restoration. We couldn’t restore it, because we were dead in our sins, but Jesus could, and He came to bring us back together.
The most heroic act in history took place one day on a cross in Jerusalem. There Jesus voluntarily submitted Himself and substituted Himself for us.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
That’s worth pondering for a moment, isn’t it? This is the new view from above. The wrath of God has been satisfied by the sacrifice of God so that we can experience the intimacy of God.
Dear Jesus, thank You for responding to my deepest needs! You have given me forgiveness, Life, and relationship with the Father. Let those truths be my rest. Amen.
Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.