Day Four: Unique Atoning Sacrifice

1 John 4:10 (NIV) – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

“The uniqueness of Jesus Christ is foundational in Christian theology… God himself stepped into humanity in the person of Jesus, making Jesus a unique human being, uniquely qualified to pay the penalty for the fallen human race. God himself was willing to be sacrificed on the cross, to experience human life and death; such is his love for us.” [Karen Jobes, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament – 1, 2, and 3 John]

God loves us and cares a lot more than we realize about the damage we’ve experienced. That’s why Jesus died. An incredible price has been paid for all our wrongs – the one and only Son’s life. It’s not an easy or cheap forgiveness, but a costly one. We can forgive and be reconciled to God and to one another, because the unique person of Jesus (God himself) paid the ultimate price for all humanity. God alone could do this and has achieved victory over brokenness, separation and death. Instead of the effects of sin and its damage, we can live freely and fully in God’s love through his atoning sacrifice.

Take time to offer your heart to the Lord, especially any hurt, anxiety, loneliness, anger, etc. caused by your past that are affecting you. Let the impact of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and God’s love free you as you worship with the song “Holy Gound” (Click here) by Passion.

– JH

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