A Look at Life – Part 5
Some may be wondering what happened to my devotionals or my blogs. I missed writing one week as I was still settling into my new job. Last week I wrote a devotional but I didn’t feel it was ready to be published, so I held it back. So, after a few weeks of absence, I hope you all will forgive me and continue to seek my devotional blogs.
The Savior of Life!
October 9th, 2008
In my last week’s writing I introduced the idea that in Jesus, and Jesus alone, we can find the solution to life’s problem of sin and its punishment death. I sited John 14:6, a passage in which Jesus claims to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I want to look at this passage a bit more.
In my previous writing, I suggested how Jesus is the way to heaven and that in heaven we can have life. However, I did not really cover how. In the passage from John 14, Jesus calls himself the Life. What does he mean when He says, “He is the Life?”
Well, in John 3:16, a verse just about anyone who regularly attends church knows, and the verse that directly follows it, Jesus says this:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17, ESV)
This passage shows that Christ taught that belief in him would save the people of this world from condemnation, from our sins, and then the passage declares that through believing in Him, we might have life. You see, Jesus knew that all who sinned were condemned to death by His father, God. However, God himself had long since promised that He would send one who would be a blessing to the nations.
We know from the Old Testament that God required sacrifices for the atonement of the sins of his people. If they were to be seen as cleansed, they were required to make these sacrifices. However, these sacrifices were just a symbol of what was to come.
We know from reading the New Testament that Jesus was a source of life. He is that source because He was blameless until death, and thus as a human, far better than any animal, He sacrificed himself on the cross to atone for the Sins of all Humanity. The only stipulation we seem to find in any of scripture for this atonement from sin is that we believe in Christ as God’s son, and that we believe we are accountable for our sins before God, but that Christ, His son, took that punishment for us.
Romans 6:23 teaches this:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, ESV)
You see, God made it clear that our life as it is, these sinful lives we live were condemned to die. However, He has allowed that anyone who believes in his son as a saving atoning sacrifice as their one and only path to life, and that if they take responsibility for their sins which eventually led to the life of Christ being taken from Him, then we can claim the eternal life Christ was due, and share in this eternal life.
The problem of life is sin, and the only solution to life is to be granted a new life. In Christ, we are saved from the problem of sin, as through His death, He allows us, sinners, to share in His new life and live free from the problem of sin forever! Jesus is the Savior of these sinful lives we live, and as John 3:16 teaches, all we must do is believe in him, and we begin the process of new life! That is what makes Jesus the savior of Life!
The truth found in this writing was provided by God’s word.
Written by Timothy Hegerich / Edited by Vicki Hill