We could never have done it.
As I consider it, there is no possible way we as humans could have pulled off our own salvation. The sacrifices being done for forgiveness of sins would never be enough. As the Word says, “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4) The entire animal kingdom would likely have been wiped out had we continued using that method.
We’d have had to do blue-light specials or BOGO deals for sins at some point. We never would have heard about Ferdinand or the Three Billy Goats Gruff that’s for sure. It just never would have been possible to ever pay enough for our sins. Not with our carnal desires, our penchant for bitterness, envy, and strife, and our constant cravings we just can’t seem to stop. God knew we’d need a Savior and had the plan set out all along to save us from the Hell we deserve. Get that through your head: YOU (AND I) DESERVE THE PUNISHMENT OF HELL AND UTTER DESTRUCTION. (Romans 6:23) WE ARE NOT GOOD WITHOUT CHRIST IN US. (Romans 7:18) “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10)
God knew the only way to save us once for all was to come down here and become one of us, live like us, and endure without sin, yet become our sin to be punished as we ought to be. I don’t think we quite understand this; maybe we will never be able to completely grasp the idea of what He had to do and ultimately did. And He planned it so precisely that the literal stars aligned in readiness for Him (Matthew 2), the birth of the one who would prepare the way for Him was just a few months before He would come on the scene (Luke 1), and even laws were created to make everything prophesied about His purpose be nail-on-the-head accurate (Luke 4). Everyone was born and had their place in this incredibly orchestrated theater and sequence of events to happen just as it did, when it did, how it did. God is a genius. That’s not even a good enough word to describe His intelligence and omniscience and planning. Wow.
The appropriate time came and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) And no sin was found in Him. (1 John 3:5) NONE. Can you say the same? Can any of us? Even after my salvation, I find myself sinning or thinking about sinning; it is a plague that I can never seem to fully overcome. Oh wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:24) My will isn’t strong enough and I don’t walk in the Spirit enough. My flesh loves the darkness and I do that which I don’t want to do. (Romans 7:19-21). It is a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute struggle. I’m constantly finding myself in repentance-mode.
But Jesus never sinned; He never even thought of sin. He was perfect in every way, though tempted in every way we are. (Hebrews 4:15) Can you imagine what will He had? If sin had been found in Him as a human, just one iota would have derailed the plan of salvation because the sacrifice for sin had to be spotless and without blemish. (1 Peter 1:18-20) And He was. He passed the test of sinlessness. He was righteous in every way, yet took the curse of sin upon Him as though it were His own.
He came as one of us, and died as one of us. No other sacrifice would be good enough. A life for a life, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth the Law required (Exodus 21:23-25), and Jesus Christ gave all for all. And He did it while we were STILL sinning against Him, the Creator. Remember:
“Scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet maybe for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were YET sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:7-8
Oh that we could wrap our tiny understanding around that truth. Consider that if the Law requires an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and Jesus fulfilled all the Law in Himself, then the scars He bore for our sins meant there was no spot on Him not given over to punishment for our trespasses. He was as the Word says, “so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness.” (Isaiah 52:14)
You know how the Word says that if your hand causes you to sin you should cut it off because it would be better to go into heaven physically maimed then thrown into Hell for it? (Matthew 5) Jesus took that to a whole new level with His sacrifice. He gave it all up. His hand didn’t sin, mine did. His eyes didn’t sin, mine did. His feet didn’t run swiftly to sin, mine did, but He let His own be nailed to the cross instead of mine. Do we yet see? LOOK UPON YOUR SAVIOR. Did He sin? No. “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).
Let that sink in today. The God of the universe stepped down from glory and honor and power to become less than the angels (His servants). He became one of us, to go through all that we deal with, and learned obedience through the suffering He endured. He was without sin, but took on our sin and died with it, forever taking the punishment and the judgment upon Himself.
And all we have to do is believe on Him with our heart and confess with our mouth that He is Lord, and we will be saved from the wrath that is due us. Let’s not forget His victorious Resurrection either. Death, Hell and the Grave couldn’t hold Him. He is all powerful and our faith in Him gives us the victory as well.
“I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory. How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me. I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning. Then I repented of my sins and won the victory. Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ‘ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood. I heard about His healing, of His precious power revealing. How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see. And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit!” And somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory. Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ‘ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.”“Victory in Jesus”
Ours is the victory, though His the glory. All praise and honor and glory and power to the King of Kings, our Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah never meant more.
Be blessed in remembering His sacrifice. <><