LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Saturday, March 15, 2008

We Have Peace with God Through Our Lord Jesus Christ

What did it take to bring about this peace? What did it take to bring together two polar opposites - a Holy Righteous God, with whom is no darkness at all, and unholy, sinful rebellious creatures as we? How could He become our Father and we His children?

There was a price to be paid!

Oh, what a price it was. God gave His Son. He gave His Son that we, His elect, might be saved from the wrath to come - that we might be adopted into His family as He puts us into His Son. He has made us accepted in His Beloved Son. "In Him we have redemption through His blood", Ephesians 1:7 says.

Now, let us consider what price the Son paid. Both Testaments paint a graphic picture. In Isaiah we read: "I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting". Isaiah 50:6. ...His visage was so marred more than the sons of men...Isaiah 52:14. By the time the soldiers had gotten done with their mistreatment of Him, He was beaten beyond recognition, even beyond having the form of a man! "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", Is 53:5. Isaiah goes on: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Verse 6. There's more---"He was oppressed, and He was afflicted---He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter---for the transgression of my people was He stricken. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief:---Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin---by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bare their iniquities---He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors - Is. 53:7-12.

In the New Testament Jesus Himself at the Last Supper, while taking bread and wine, which stood symbolically for His body and blood, said of the wine "...this is My blood which is shed for many for the remission of sins."His blood shed that our sins may be forgiven. The blood poured from the crown of thorns pressed deeply upon His head. The blood poured from His back from the scourging with the whips laced with glass and bone chips. The blood poured from His face after the pounding He received from the soldiers' fists and from their pulling out of His beard. The blood poured from the nails in His forearms and ankles as He dangled from them on the cross. And, finally, the blood poured when, after His death, the soldier pierced His side with a sword.

Ah, there it is, that "fountain---opened---for sin and uncleanness." There is the means whereby sin can be forgiven and washed away. There is the means whereby we can come before the Throne of the Holy Creator and call Him "Father." From a position of rebellious, disobedient, hostile, morally filthy, unthankful objects of the coming wrath, to the positions of pardoned, forgiven, cleansed, reconciled, adopted sons and daughters of the Most High God! "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" says Isaiah. Jesus came to die in our place, IN OUR PLACE!

While hanging on that rugged old cross something happened; Something that never, in all eternity past, nor shall it ever happen again. Something horrible, indeed the most horrible event in all history took place: at the height of His sin-bearing mission the Father turned His Face from the Son. "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" was the Son's cry. Who could possibly imagine what it was like for the Father to turn His Head from the Eternal Object of His love? Who could imagine what it was like for the Beloved Son to experience the Father looking away from Him - a once in eternity experience. For the first time ever, never to happen again, the Son experienced the loss of Fellowship and joy of being in His Father's presence.That is the price that God paid for lost sinners!And, oh how we are often tempted to trifle with this knowledge! How, at the slightest turn in our fortunes, are we tempted to question His love and care for us! Even after our regeneration we still have no concept of the price God paid for our adoption into His family. There is no real concept of what it was like for the Holy Father to have to vent all of His Righteous fury on top of His Beloved Son - His Holy, Pure, and Righteous Son. There is no concept of what it was like for the Son to experience the Father turning His head from Him as He bore our sins - "the just suffering for the unjust, that He might bring us to God."Now, the price has been paid. Now, we can call Him "Father." After His resurrection Jesus said, "I ascend unto My Father, and your Father."

Yes, three days later Jesus rose again, the sign that the Father had indeed accepted the Son's sacrifice.

How about you, dear reader? Do you have peace with God? Have you come to Jesus as your only hope of salvation?

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8 Comments:

Blogger Rose~ said...

Mark Pierson,

It appears you have some interesting new readers! :~)

Happy Birthday to you!! :~)

March 16, 2008 7:58 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
Yet, many claim no need for this amazing grace because they think they are basically good people and the world is filled with basically good people. What a delusion to not only reject Christ, but to also think there is no sin that separates them from God.

Rose,
Interesting and unfortunately regular! Would you care to invite them to your blog?

March 16, 2008 8:21 AM

 
Blogger Susan said...

Mark!

Is it your birthday??!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, brother!!

March 16, 2008 9:00 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Mark,
SO powerful words and only someone who knows Christ personally can appreciate them. We can never thank Him enough for what He suffered for us, his Elect.

Cristina

And a GREAT BIG "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to such a dear brother in Christ.
*S*

March 16, 2008 9:06 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Rose, Susan, Cristina -

THANK YOU!!!

Wayne, what you say about delusion - so true.

Cristina, I be 51 today, just like you.

March 16, 2008 12:05 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

And happy birthday wishes as well.....

March 16, 2008 12:11 PM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Mark,
I am only 50.....





*S*

Cristina

March 16, 2008 4:32 PM

 
Blogger James Lush said...

Cristina is not 50, trust me I know she is 52 this November.

The better or other half

March 17, 2008 8:03 PM

 

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