Perhaps you were wondering, with all the buzz about the movie, The Passion of the Christ, why Jesus had to suffer so unmercifully and then die such a horrific death at the hands of the very people He created. As scripture says, "For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, ... all things were created by Him, and for Him. And He is before all things; and by Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16)
Even one of the thieves that was crucified with Him railed, "If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." Jesus could have summoned twelve legions of angels at any time but He did not, instead He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Why?
The answer may astound you ... it was because of us! Because of you and me. He went to the cross because of OUR sin.
What is sin? Sin is simply disobedience to God. Itīs what separates us from God. But God made a way for us to be reconciled to Him when He sent His Son Jesus, who loved us enough to lay down His life so that the penalty of OUR sin would be paid in full, and that none of us should perish. The penalty of sin is death. Someone had to pay. Thankfully, Jesus Christ chose to take our place so that we could be pardoned. He, who knew no sin, took our sins upon Himself so that we would be acceptable to God. This is substitutionary atonement. This is unbelievable love.
Because of His sacrifice we can become "one with Him just as He is one with the Father" (John 17: 22,23) in the same way that a branch is connected to the vine. The Creator of life longs for this intimate relationship.
Explained another way is in John 14:21: "He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him." To manifest Himself to us means that He will reveal Himself to us. We will know Him intimately and personally. We will understand His character and personality as we are being transformed into the likeness of Him through the working of the Holy Spirit. He will daily lead us and guide us and commune with us. He is as close as the mention of His name and He desires our response as He beckons, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me." (Rev. 3:20)
Once you have had this personal encounter with Jesus, nobody can come and tell you that He was just a good man or just a prophet as Peter Jennings and a few liberal theologians did just recently on their three hour television special. They could only give opinions about Jesus. Well such experts cannot agree about what happened 50 years ago to J. F. Kennedy, so how could we expect anyone to be even remotely accurate about Jesus and the facts surrounding His life on earth. That is, other than what is recorded in Godīs own book, and He is very capable of keeping it from being altered or having itīs message distorted.
Peter Jennings was wrong. Jennings has only heard about Jesus. He doesnīt KNOW Jesus. He has not had a personal experience with the One who proved to be "the Resurrection and the Life." Jennings missed the most important fact, that is; that Jesus ROSE from the dead!
Jesus is alive and He lives forever more! He has paved the way for you and me to live eternally. Glory Hallelujah!
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com