Lent devotions 2011: Friday 15 April

Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. — 1 John 2:2

Or, as the C.E.V has it, “Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world’s people.”

What is a propitiation? It is an offering made to appease an offended person. The offended person in this case is Almighty God, and He has every right to be angry with us on account of our wilful wrongdoing, our sinfulness. He is not capricious, but holy and perfect in His desire for righteousness. He lives in eternal light and nothing that is tainted can enter His presence. There is only one offering that could satisfy the requirements of the altogether Righteous One, the sacrifice of His righteous Son. Yes, Jesus Himself is that offering made on our behalf, because He alone is perfect and worthy. Through His death on the cross, He opened up the way for us to come into the presence of God as forgiven sinners. It was a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.

What do we need to do? How shall we respond to this amazing gift made on our behalf? We need to recognise our need of forgiveness and confess our sins to God, and to believe and trust in Christ and His death in our place, so that we may receive the benefits of His atoning sacrifice. We should be full of gratitude to the Lord for all that He has done for us and,with overflowing hearts, share this good news of salvation with others. We need not only to repent ourselves, but urge others to do the same. Jesus died for all. His sacrifice is sufficient for all. Everyone needs to know this.

See all your sins on Jesus laid. The Lamb of God was slain.
Because the sinless Saviour died my sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.

So let’s go out with humble, thankful, hearts to obey Jesus’ last command, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

Thank You Lord for all Your love and grace,especially for sending Jesus to give Himself on behalf, the only perfect offering for all our sins. Amen