CQ Plus April 13-19 2013

It’s All Through Jesus

Preface: God can use a crisis to help His people understand their dependence on Him and their need for spiritual renewal and reformation.

The gift of salvation is the most precious gift anyone can receive. The best part about it is that it’s free. Jesus paid the price for it when He died on the cross for each of us. Now we are justified in front of God in Jesus’ name. That is the only way God sees us pure—through the blood of Jesus. The penalty for sin is death, but Jesus took our place so we can have eternal life.

There was once a man condemned to the electric chair because he had killed several people. He deserved to die. The man’s mother made a last request before they executed her son. The mother’s request was to let him be with her before his death and to take him out in a black gown so that his face would not be shown when he died.

The department agreed to it and when the man’s day to die came they did exactly as asked. After they killed the man they took off the robe. To their surprise it was not the man. The mother had put on the robe instead to die in his place to pay for what he had done. Jesus did that and much more for us. He took our place. He was beaten, spit on, and crucified for us. I don’t think there is a greater love than this. “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17, NKJV).

He was in heaven at the right hand of His Father and He gave that up to save sinners who don’t deserve it. And some of the people He gave His life for will deny Him and not consider Him their Savior. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (verse 18, NKJV). Jesus’ act of dying in the cross for us justifies us in front of God. He sees us pure through Jesus’ blood. When we get on our knees and pray to Him, the only way He receives our prayer is through Jesus. That’s why when we pray we finish by saying “in Jesus’ name.” He is the only way, the intermediate, between God and us.

REACT

The story in today’s article about the mother who takes the place of her son in the electric chair is powerful. What are the emotions you feel? How do these emotions compare to how you feel about Christ taking our place?

Lazaro Alvarez, Hialeah, Florida, U.S.A.