Jesus, the Sacrifice

Before we continue with the next verse let’s review what we have covered so far. In Romans 3:23 we learned that every man is born with a sin nature because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. This sin nature stands in the way of us having a relationship with God although He desires one. There is no way we can measure up to God’s standards. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.

Then we saw in Romans 6:23 that we have earned the wages of death because of our sin and that this death is eternal separation from God in a place of torment and eternal suffering. But God has a gift for us that results in eternal life with Him in a place of eternal peace and joy. All we have to do is accept His gift. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

So now we want to see how this gift of eternal life has been made possible. To do that let’s consider the words found in Romans 5:8. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” What a wonderful verse this is! It so vividly describes two very important facts. First, God wanted to prove how much He loves us and desires a relationship with us. Secondly, He gave His very own Son to be the ultimate sacrifice needed to pay our sin debt. When Christ died for us He paid a debt He didn’t owe to take care of a debt we couldn’t pay. When all we deserved was death, He gave His life that we might live. This is what we call amazing grace!

There is so much more that could be said about this verse that it would take a lifetime. Just an attempt to describe God’s love for us would result in volumes upon volumes and adequate description would still not be achieved. To fully understand what Christ did for us on the cross would also be beyond our ability to comprehend much less put in words. The fact is, however, that it is not necessary. All we need to realize is that we need a Savior and God provided one with His Son. What a Savior!

In our next session we want to take a look at how each of us needs to respond to what we have learned. We will look at another verse in Romans that will helps us understand what we must do to be saved. The real question is ‘How do we accept this gift that God offers? and then are we willing to do so. I pray that the answer for each us is an emphatic ‘Yes!’

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