Steve was drunk last Friday. He hadn’t known when he set his neighbor, Mr. David’s farm on fire, destroying crops and properties worth thousands of dollars. Giving a deaf ear to everyone’s pleas, Mr. David did not waste time in suing Steve. Now as the judge sat asking Steve to pay for all he destroyed, Steve wasn’t moved one bit. He was more concerned about the ongoing UEFA champions league which he would miss if he got home any later than thirty minutes from now.
Why wasn’t Steve bothered about the huge sum of money he was billed? Because he knew he wouldn’t have to pay a dime. His father would settle everything. He knew he’d get a lot of scolding, but the football match he was about to miss was more important to him than the impending scolding.
You see, although Steve was billed, he was still going away scot-free because the money wasn’t going to come out from his pocket. Even though Steve wasn’t the one paying, Mr. David was going to be satisfied in the end and Steve would be free.
This story of Steve is a perfect example of what happened to us when we sinned.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
We saw in part 1, that although we sinned and were supposed to die, God set us free from death by giving us the free gift of eternal life. Now, this looks free from our perspective, it wasn’t free to God. God himself paid for what he set us free from paying.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6
Take note of the last part of the above scripture where it says “…and the Lord laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all”. Just like Steve’s debt was automatically laid on his father, so also, our dept wasn’t destroyed, it was only transferred. And although we had nothing to worry about, Jesus had a great deal of suffering to endure.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? Isaiah 53:7-8
I’d love for you to note that before our debt was transferred to Jesus, Jesus had never sinned. He was righteous and innocent. And just as our debt was transferred to Him, His righteousness was transferred to all who believe in Him.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Do you see how it works? As long as a sinner believes in Jesus Christ, Jesus’ righteousness is transferred to Him and He becomes acceptable to God. It doesn’t matter the gravity of your sin. You could be a prostitute, terrorist, fornicator, a murderer, name the worst. Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to cleanse you and make you acceptable to God.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose up in victory on the third day, for death could not hold Him. Jesus is alive today. Hallelujah!
All you have to do is believe in Jesus, and you will receive the free gift of eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
When you accept Jesus into your heart, a spiritual translation occurs. You are transferred from the bloodline of Adam to the bloodline of Jesus. You literally become a new creature.
16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:16-17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Also, do you notice in Romans 5:17, where it says that those who receive this free gift will reign in life? It means that salvation isn’t limited to going to Heaven after we die. We can begin to reign while on earth. We will reign over sicknesses, depression, evil, hatred, poverty, failure, wickedness, and all forms of negativity. God intends for us to reign in life and to live just like Jesus, hence the name, ‘Christian’ meaning Christ-like.
Before we proceed, I must say that becoming a Christion doesn’t mean that God will place you on a smooth ride without gallops. Even Jesus said we would have tribulations.
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19
Although everyone (Christians and non-Christians) will face tribulations, what differentiates the Christian from the unbeliever is that the Christian’s victory is certain.
Are you willing and ready to accept God’s free gift of salvation to you? If you are, here’s what you need to do.
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10
So, both your mouth and your heart are involved in the process. If you genuinely believe that Jesus has borne your sins on the cross and God raised Him from the dead, I want you to say this prayer (with your mouth) and mean it from the depths of your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I come before you today.
I confess that you are Lord.
I believe that You died for my sins and God raised you from the dead.
I ask that you come into my heart and make me a new creation.
Thank you, Lord, for saving me.
Congratulations if you’ve just said that prayer. Welcome to the family. Believe me, there is great rejoicing in heave. Please email [email protected] if you’ve just said that prayer. I look forward to hearing from you.
In my subsequent posts, I’ll be talking about how to live the Christian life victoriously. Have a lovely day.