God Made a Way to Pay for Your Sins
APRIL 10—GOOD FRIDAY
Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-6
What will permit you to come into God’s presence? What will cover your sins—and mine? Only one thing: Jesus’ death on Calvary’s cross.
The cross was not an accident or an afterthought; it was in the heart and mind of God before the world was framed. Jesus was born in the shadow of the cross.
Jesus did not die as a martyr. He was not a helpless victim. He said, “I lay down my life, No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself” (John 10:17-18). At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist announced, “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.”
The Lamb of God died on the same day—really at the same hour—as the Passover lambs were being slain on Mount Moriah. Two thousand years before the Lamb of God died, Abraham told his son Isaac, “God will provide Himself a lamb, my son.” And sure enough, as Abraham and Isaac began their ascent to the top of Mt. Moriah, a ram was already there. The ram took Isaac’s place on the altar. Looking back on that scene, Jesus said, “Abraham saw My day, and was glad” (John 8:56).
To the priests sacrificing lambs on Mount Moriah, Jesus could say, “Put away your knives. We need no more lambs. The Lamb has died and paid in full.”
Don’t let this go right past you. Think about the price paid for your salvation. Read Matthew chapters 26 and 27. Hallelujah—God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank You for the Lamb!
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