When we look at the state of fallen mankind and the sinfulness that permeates his entire life, we are reminded of his helplessness before a holy and righteous God. Mankind is indeed sinful and fallen and there is no hope at all except for the hope that comes through the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to this earth to give Himself up for us (Jn. 3:16). He died that we might live, and He took our sins and iniquities upon the cross and purchased our salvation (Rev. 5:9)! Romans 5:6 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly,” and later in verse 10, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” This is the good news of the gospel, Christ has died for us, to reconcile us to God (Col. 1:22). In today’s post I want to take a direct look at the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who has brought reconciliation between God and man.
……is the Saviour of all mankind. Matthew 1:21 says, “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Jesus is our most blessed Saviour, the one who came to save mankind from their sin and transform their guilty standing before God. Because we are all sinners, we so desperately need the salvation that the Lord has to offer us. Jesus came to this earth with a purpose in mind (Jn. 12:27) to bring reconciliation between God and man (Rom. 5:11-21), and to rescue us from the wrath of God (Rom. 1:18-32). In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, the Lord is prophesied to come in this way,
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD us upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1
Jesus came to save and to save from sin. Our guiltiness can be completely removed through His atoning work on the cross of Calvary. He was bruised for our transgressions and by His wounds we are healed (Is. 53).
……is the perfect sacrifice for sins. When we sin we are guilty before our God, therefore we must pay the penalty. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned, and all have failed to attain to the standard of righteousness that God has set out in His Word. This is what we looked at last time, when we say that man was guilty. The consequence for sin in the eyes of our pure, holy, and righteous God is death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin kills (Jas.1:15) and will always end in destruction. What is so glorious about the gospel of God is that Jesus Christ died on our behalf. He died so that we would have life in Him!
The writer of Hebrews details for us the reason why Christ had to die on the cross for our sins. For their to be a remission of sins, there had to be the shedding of blood. Hebrews 9:22 speaks directly to this matter saying, “According to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” We see then the need for our sins to be covered and a way made for us to God. The sacrifices that OT Israel made through the high priest could not take away sins, for the animals were not the perfect sacrifice (Heb. 10:3-4). But when Christ appeared, (Heb. 9:11-15) He was able to remove the guilt of sin charged against us for all time because He was indeed the perfect sacrifice!
……gives sinners His righteousness. When (Prompted by the Holy Spirit) a sinner calls out to Christ in repentance and faith, he is given the perfect righteousness of Christ and his soul is saved from his sin! Once saved we are clothed in the righteousness of our Lord and we are eternally secure in Him (Jn. 10:27-30). Nothing can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:28-39). Before God the Father, we stand righteous and our sinful garments have been exchanged by our Saviour’s righteousness. Speaking of the saving work of our Lord Jesus, Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21,
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Our righteousness is a gift from God (Phil. 3:9) for in ourselves we are so unrighteous! We must understand that, “…all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…” (Is. 64:14) and we can never and will never attain to God’s standard. That is why we must be given (imputed) the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the righteousness of God now manifested to us (Rom. 3:21-22) His perfectness is credited to our account through His substitutionary death upon the cross of Calvary. He has paid our debt, our immeasurable debt of sin and completely forgiven us (Matt. 18:21-35).
The gospel of Jesus Christ truly is the “good news”. Jesus is Saviour of all men who believe in His name, He came as the perfect sacrifice for sins and has given all those who were appointed to eternal life His righteousness so that they are might stand forgiven, before the Father. This is the wonder of the gospel, that Christ would die for guilty and wretched sinners like you and I.