‘Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.’ Hebrews 9:22 NASB
Third, Calvary was vital! Exactly how vital? As vital as life or death, hope or despair, heaven or hell. It’s our only means of salvation! ‘There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12 NLT) Without Christ’s death, our sins would have separated us from God forever. But for His death we’d be subject to the full penalty of God’s law, pronounced guilty for every sin we’ve ever committed and as condemned sinners, lost forever. Paul writes, ‘Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.’ (Romans 3:19 NLT) No exceptions—‘the entire world’, including you, stands guilty in God’s sight.
But because Jesus fulfilled every requirement of God’s law on our behalf, we have been forgiven and declared righteous. That’s vital information. And you only have two options when it comes to Jesus: accept or reject Him! He said, ‘Anyone who believes and is baptised will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.’ (Mark 16:16 NLT)
Jesus’ sacrifice resolved the sin question; now it’s up to you to resolve the Son question: ‘What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ (Matthew 27:22 NKJV) The answer is simple: put your trust in Him and be saved.
SoulFood: Jam 3–5, Luke 23:13–25, Ps 7:10–17, Pro 10:17–18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023