The Bible tells us
that, “the wages of sin is death…” Romans
Sin demands a penalty and that penalty is death. Even for Adam and Eve,
God provided coverings from them at the cost of the life of animals from the
Garden [Genesis 3:21].
From this point on in the Bible, we find that everyone
who walks with God and worships God comes to Him with a sacrifice of a
substitute animal. Life blood is poured out in order to approach God.
be paid for, and the Bible call this atonement.
As the story of the Bible continues, we discover that God clearly outlines a
pattern for worship and for atonement with the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic
Law. God makes provision for a substitute to
take the penalty for sin, to die as a sacrifice of atonement for a person. For
centuries, thousands upon thousands of animals die in the tabernacle and temple
as Jews worship God and trust in His provision through the sacrificial death of
a substitute. These sacrifices were temporary and had to repeated again and
When Jesus appeared
at His baptism and began his ministry John the Baptist exclaimed about Him:
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world.” [John 1:29]
Jesus Christ was God’s ultimate provision
“God made Him who knew no sin,
to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” [2
Jesus Christ fulfilled God’s standard of right [or
righteousness] and thus was qualified as the perfect One to pay the price for
those who couldn’t qualify due to their sin. Jesus, as the Son of God, but also
human, is the perfect substitute.
Jesus Christ is thus
the mediator of salvation, fully demonstrating God’s love for all people:
"For there is one God and one intermediary between God
and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, who
gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed
time." [1 Timothy 2:5]
"But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." [Romans 5:8]
The way back into
relationship with God came through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus paid the price for sin when He died on the cross. When He rose again He
demonstrated that the penalty for sin had been fully paid and that the power of
sin was now broken and no longer holding people captive.
Through faith in Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, anyone could receive eternal life and be restored to a
relationship with God.