And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time!
Hebrews 10:14 The Passion Translation
Christ died for all so that all may live for Christ.
The one and perfect offering of Christ on the Cross ends the tension between law and love. The justice of God is fully and forever satisfied by the mercy of God. God didn’t need to reconcile Himself to us. We ourselves were the ones who needed to be reconciled to God. We, however, cannot do it on our own, but by God’s grace through faith alone.
The Cross is God’s invitation to us and everyone else to be reconciled to Him.
What was once an irreconcilable debt of sin is now fully paid by God Himself. What was once an irreconcilable chasm of separation is now fully healed by God Himself. What was once an irreconcilable enmity against God is now fully pardoned by God Himself.
Every part of our salvation is God’s work and God’s work alone. Praise God that there is nothing for us to add to what He has done. This is the gospel rest, not by our works, but by our faith in His work for us.
The victory Christ wrought and won for us is final and settled. We are now set free from the fear of judgment and set right to live a life of love and faith without fear. If your Christian walk is always plagued by feelings of guilt and shame or feelings of defeat and failure—you better checked whether you really believe the gospel and understand it.
The gospel will never breed a spirit of fear or timidity. The gospel actually produces in us spiritual power, supernatural love and a sound mind. Put simply, a healthy Christian life comes from being grounded and rooted in Christ and in what He has accomplished on our behalf on the Cross.
When faith feels weary, weak and shaken, hear the message of God’s reassuring love again and experience anew His tender mercy, grace and comfort. On this Good Friday, let us learn to truly appreciate what the Father has given us and live thoroughly with joyful freedom and confidence.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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