“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” ~ 1 Peter 3:18
What a wonderful verse! Our precious Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins “once for all”, His blood shed on the cross is totally sufficient to pay my sin debt to God. When Jesus died He settled the sin question, the work of redeeming us to God was completed. If you look back at the Old Testament they had to keep sacrificing animals to cover their sin before God repeatedly. But Christ is the perfect sacrifice for sin before our holy and righteous God; no other sacrifice is needed or can cover our sin before Him!
Why does the blood of Christ cleanse our sin?
Because He is righteous, “…the just for the unjust…” (1 Peter 3:18), “…the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6b). Christ is God’s one and only Son and therefore sinless:
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” ~ 1 Peter 2:22
Yes indeed the righteous for the completely unrighteous.
We deserved death and separation from God, but God is love and He wanted to reconcile us to Himself through His righteous One. He wants an ongoing relationship with us. Truly amazing, isn’t it?
Yet some choose to reject Christ and, therefore, to reject God Himself!
Jesus was put to violent death in His body, nails were pounded through His hands and feet, a crown of twisted thorns slammed down on His precious head, mockers hit Him with their fists and spat upon Him, they pulled His beard from His holy face, all the while hurling insults at Him with their vile mouths. But what did Jesus say to all this? He said,
“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” ~ Luke 23:34
He could have come down from that cross at any moment and annihilated the whole crowd… but He stayed; oh praise God He stayed on that cruel cross and paid for my sin and yours! No one will ever love as much as He does!
But it did not end there. On the third day after His death, God raised Him back to life by the power of His Holy Spirit!
1 Peter 3:22 tells us that Christ is in heaven at the right hand of the Father. We serve a risen and very much alive Savior! He conquered death and sin once for all by the shedding of His redemptive blood.
Have you accepted His free gift to you (Ephesians 2:8-9)? It cost Him dearly, but He loves us so much that He offers it in love to you right now.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” ~ John 5:24
Thank You Jesus for dying for me, help me to live for You all the days of my life, for Your glory, Amen!