Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in one of his book these words, that God is dead. He was speaking about how the whole idea and concept of God was dead in modern western society. How the premise of atheism has overtaken modern thinking to attempt to destroy all thoughts and actions in society that promote the truth of God.
There was only one time in history when those words were true, and that was when Jesus Christ, the Son of God was nailed up and put to death in accordance with the plan, design, foreknowledge and the will of God the Father. But unlike a man, He was only dead for three days and then arose to live in eternity and to offer mankind eternal life.
Ratification of the New Covenant
Many have asked over the years why it was that Jesus had to die. Sure every Christian will say that He died for our sins and to make atonement for the failures of mankind. But there is so much more.
Under the law of the Old Covenant the covenant was brought into effect or ratified each year through the shedding of blood of lambs, goats and bulls. The rites of atonement and the keeping of the Passover all were ratified and brought into effect by the shedding of blood.
In exactly the same way, the New Covenant came into effect through the shedding of blood. But this was different for it was the perfect sacrifice and that blood only had to be shed once for all time. Unlike the sacrifices under the law of Moses where every year a clean animal had to die, Jesus died just once. His sacrifice was perfect because he was unblemished, he lived his life here on earth without sin. That is why He was worthy to be the perfect and acceptable sacrifice to God the Father to atone for mankind’s sin once and for all.
But there is so much more to the death of Jesus that we need to understand for not only did He ratify the New Covenant he delivered freedom to all who would believe in Him.
Freedom In Jesus Christ
The death of Jesus gave us release. Jesus died so that we would be set free from sin. And the thing that always puzzles me is how many Christians don’t even know it!
How many Christians call themselves sinners? How many times do Christians say that they have sinned? If Jesus died to release us from sin, why do Christians think they are still bound under sin?
Jesus came to deal with sin once and for all in His death. Look at the words of Hebrews 12:28 which says,
“Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
Jesus dealt with sin when He died. John the Baptist said of Him, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Jesus took away sin, He dealt with sin, He released those who have faith in Him from sin in His perfect sacrifice.
So why do you call yourself a sinner? Why do you deny the word of God who said your sins are taken by calling yourself a sinner? Why do you not believe and have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that set you free from sin and made you alive in Jesus Christ?
Do you not understand the words of God when John wrote in 1 John 3:4-9
4 Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
6 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous as he is righteous.
8 He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
9 No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
This is pretty clear. Jesus came to take away sins (vs 5). Sinners are not of God but are of the devil (vs 8). Sinners have not and cannot see or know God (vs 6). Ad so on…
So let me ask you again, why do you call yourself a sinner and thus separate yourself from God and deny the work that Jesus completed when He died to remove sins?
There is much more that can be said about this but these are important questions for every Christian. Because when you say that you are a sinner you are separating yourself from Jesus who removed your sins. There is a way that this works. There is a process that Jesus put into place for man to hold onto the freedom that He gave us in His death and resurrection. It is sad that so few Christians understand the process, but The Lord will lead those who seek to find it.
Seek it through Him. Ask Him for direction and the answers to the questions above. And find it. Find it! Don’t ever stop until you find the path and The Lord will show you the path when you seek Him and it diligently.
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