'GOT PUT HIS LOVE ON THE LINE...'ROMANS 5:8 TM
Telling his experience as a POW, Ernest Gordon related how after work one evening a guard noticed a shovel missing. Insisting one o the prisoners had stolen it, he screamed for the guilty party to come forward. Then he prepared to kill them one by one till someone confessed. Suddenly a Scottish soldier broke rank, stood to attention and said, 'I did it.' The guard beat him to death on the spot. When he'd exhausted his fury the other POW's picked up their friend's body along with their tools and returned to camp. At that point the shovels were re-counted. The guard was wrong. None were missing!
What kind of person would take the blame for something he didn't do? Christ! 'We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for...how someone...noble can inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his His love on the line of us by offering His Son...while we were of no use whatever to him' (Romans 5:7-8 TM). Think about it: 'God...piled...everything we've done wrong, on Him' (Isaiah 53:6 TM), hence, then only 'Mediator who can reconcile God and [man]... Jesus' (1 Timothy 2:5 NLT). A mediator reconciles differences and negotiates agreement. At Calvary, Jesus stood between God's anger and the punishment for our sins. Having lived the life we couldn't live and taken the punishment we couldn't escape, He offer's us redemption we couldn't afford. Now the question we must answer is: If He so love us, can we not love each other? Having been forgiven, can we not forgive?
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 9:1-11:16, Mark 13:24-31, Ps 47, Pr 12:4-6 www.mpbs247.org