Someone Has to Die for Your Sin Who Will it Be, You or Jesus?
You Earned Death Not Life: I LOVE the Bible! I am very thankful for the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ! I’m thankful that He took the severe beating for me, that He was cut in pieces for me, that He absorbed all of God’s (Just) wrath for me. Yes that’s right, you and I deserved nothing but God’s wrath, we actually earned it. Like a person who works very hard at their job with the expectation of a big fat check, so it is with our lives, the first instance we use our own will and pride to commit treason against God’s kingdom we begin to earn our pay-check. When Paul says “The wages of Sin is Death” he’s using the term wages so that we all understand that everyone of us deserves death, so when God sends anyone to Hell it’s not an injustice, they earned it, it was their wage. We would all agree that a judge who sends a criminal to prison is doing the just thing, and it is even more just when God sends a sinner to hell. That’s why I’m thankful for the GOSPEL!
So if by the end of my life I sin very little I will still be undeserving and unworthy of salvation. Nothing I could ever do would be good enough to earn favor with the most Holy God and this is why I am so grateful for the Cross and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and why I cherish Him above all things even my own life. Every single day I keep my eyes fixed Jesus who is the author and perfecter of my faith. If I see sin in my life and I try on my own effort to change it or fix it, or vow never to do it again as if somehow God sees my effort and is pleased, then this is (me) trusting in myself to be acceptable to God. But if I place my hope in Him who is able to perfect me (“author and perfecter”) then I will produce the true genuine fruit of the Holy Spirit, the kind that comes only from a life that has genuinely been impacted and saved by God’s grace. So because the pay check for my sinful life is death and hell, the GIFT of salvation is the most glorious thing I have ever laid eyes on. This is the only time I can ecstatically say that I’m so glad that I am not getting the wage I deserve, but instead I’ve received a gift I do not. Unreal!
Luke 12:42-48 ESV …. And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Kindergarten: I remember when I was in kindergarten, every once in a while our teacher would leave the classroom and say she would be right back. Looking back I can hardly believe she did that, leaving eighteen 5 year old’s in a room for several minutes while she went to check on something. That’s just asking for trouble. We had it all planned out though, we would all get out of our desks and run around playing while two kids would stand by the window and watch. Eventually we would hear the dreaded words, “Teacher’s coming!”. These were only dreaded words because we all had some serious scrambling and clean up to do before she opened the door or we would be in a heap of trouble. Every once in a while our 5 year old scouts would lose focus and forget about watching and would get busy playing themselves, when suddenly Mrs. Murray would enter through the doors unannounced and to our horror we were were caught and were far from ready for her return.
The faithful and wise manager doesn’t look like a class room full of five-year-old’s, but rather this is someone who has had their heart changed by God Ezekiel 36:27 ”And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes..” Left on our own, we naturally want to see what we can get away with, this only reveals that our heart has not been changed by God’s “Amazing Grace”. When someone hears the Gospel and believes in Jesus but fails to place their full dependence on Him, they pick up a self-righteous form of godliness that passes all types of judgement, abuses earthly power, position and authority, and excuses sin in their own life because it’s not as bad as someone else. They failed to trust in Christ alone for their salvation and instead looked inwardly to their own sense of accomplishment.
Severe Beating: When Jesus says these people who knew yet did not act will receive a severe beating what does he mean? Is He implying that God will beat them in the end? In order to pull out the severity of what Jesus is saying here we need to refer to Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 25:2-3 ESV … then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense. Forty stripes may be given him, but not more, lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.
What does that passage remind you of? Does it remind you of what Jesus went through? It’s exactly what He went through. He was subjected to a severe beating as deemed by the law. Jesus was wrongfully accused of crimes He did not commit and was beaten severely. When Jesus took our beating in the presence of many, He physically took your 39 stripes, in this way He demonstrated in earthly fulfillment what was taking place in the spirit. Jesus took your severe beating which in eternal perspectives was Hell and death. Just like the guilty man in Deuteronomy was beaten in the presence of the Judge, so was Christ beaten and crucified in the presence of the Heavenly Judge. Just like the Judge release the criminal when the requirements of the law had been satisfied with the 40 lashes, so was the Heavenly Judge satisfied with Christ’s severe beating.
I pray you are getting this, because it’s an insane type of love. God has only ever been pleased by one man and that was Jesus. You don’t please Him, I don’t please Him, and your little old praying grandma doesn’t please Him. Why? Because He’s perfect, and perfect demands perfection. Christ was sinless and blameless, and the only one who qualified to erase your record of wrongs. He’s the only one who could commute your death sentence and grant you eternal life. If you are not literally connected to a Jesus IV, you’re in big trouble on the day of Judgement.
Revelations 14:10 “he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”
That’s what he’s talking about when He says a “severe beating”. You had been given the opportunity and instead of trusting everything with Christ and hiding yourself in Him, you trusted in your own efforts. When you achieved something great, you became proud and took the credit elevating yourself above others. When you failed, you promised to do better as if you could possibly earn favour and make up for the wrong you had done. That is self righteousness not Christ righteousness, which is not the Gospel.
Conclusion: I want you to walk away from this post with a new trust in Christ, a dependence on Him that will produce true fruit of salvation. Christ not only took your beating but he conquered the power over SIN, HELL and the GRAVE. You not only obtain good standings with God through Christ, but you inherit His nature. The genetics of the family will flow through your new being. 1 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence”.
Understanding exactly what Christ did for me makes me love Him so much more, “I love Him because He first Loved me”. In trusting Him I’m not only being saved from the beating of my death, but I am getting what I don’t deserve and that is eternal life forever with Him.
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