“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why did He do it? Why did a good and sinless man, the Creator of our life, the King of this world, lay His life down for us, for our wrong doings, for our sins? Why did He pay the ransom that we deserve to face? Moreover, why did He give His free gift of eternal life to us, received by just believing and not doing, instead of the punishment we deserved? The answer; simply because He incredibly and radically loves us.
God knew that there was nothing we could do to come close to Him. Even our best efforts were not enough, because at the end of the day, we had all sinned and fallen short of His glorious standards. We tried to follow His laws, but we kept failing to keep them. So God sent His one and only Son, to live a perfect, sinless life, and take the punishment due to us for our un-holiness and un-cleanliness, our sinful and wrong actions, our rebellion and disbelief. We deserved to die but instead we were given life, eternal life, through Jesus Christ. The writer of Romans says this, “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.”1
When you read this today, don’t let familiarity breed contempt and laziness. This is the good news, which has the power to save, the power to transform lives. This is what gives us hope to live in this world. This gives us joy, happiness, and peace. We are alive because of this truth. Jesus paid our debts. Rejoice that He did it for YOU!