Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Last Week, Part 3

When Jesus was tried and "convicted," Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, released a man named Barabbas in His place.  Luke puts it like this: "[Pilate] released him who had been imprisoned for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to [the Jews'] will." (Luke 23:25)
So Pilate and all the Jews released a murderer and crucified an innocent man.  In fact, Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, and had Him crucified anyway, to satisfy the cries of the crowd.
While this was a major miscarriage of justice, and is rightly condemned (Peter:  "You have taken Him by wicked hands and crucified Him...), it is also an explanation.
The innocent dies, and the wicked go free.  That is a parable of the Gospel.  Jesus, the innocent Son of God, allowed Himself to be murdered so that all people could be released, as if they were innocent themselves.
The great message of the Gospel is that it is "the power of God for Salvation, to the Jew first (!) and also to the Gentile.
When you read the New Testament, it's clear that every person who has ever lived partakes of a sinful nature that drives him to do evil things, except for Jesus.  It is a somewhat long theological argument, but the summary is that God promises that everyone who believes in Jesus participates in  an exchange similar to what occurred on the day Jesus was crucified.  Someone guilty goes free, and someone innocent (Jesus) has died in his place.
How is this possible?  It's possible because God counts YOU righteous in exchange for Jesus' voluntary sacrifice of His life.  As 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "[God] made [Jesus], who knew no sin, to become sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
You can participate in this exchange.
All you need to do is turn to God, ask His forgiveness, and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Need more information?  Read the New Testament.  Email.  Comment, and ask.
God is love, and He loves YOU.  That is, He loves you enough to send His Son to be your Lord and Savior.  When you turn to God, you receive all that His love offers.
Now is the best time to turn to Him.