John 1.29: "The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and he said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world."
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, to be the atoning sacrifice. His death on the cross is the perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of all who believe in him and follow him in repentance.
1 John 2.1: "And if anyone has sinned, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, who is himself a propitiation for our sins, not only for our own, but also for those of us. whole world...."
The expiatory word "Kippur" in Hebrew means "redemption". The Lord Jesus, passed through death as Holy Victim in our place, to pay the wages of our sins. The Lamb of God was the only pledge of the perfect work of God. At the cross Jesus fulfilled his sacrifice for us, his holy blood was shed, sign of the atonement accomplished, testified that the requirements of the righteousness of God were satisfied. In his last breath, the Lord paid the price for the sin of men.
1 Peter 1:19: "but by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, predestined before the foundation of the world, and manifested at the end of time, because of you, ...."
The men put him to death. But they could only do so because he himself was seized and crucified by them:
- "I leave my life."
"No one takes it away from me, but I leave it to myself; I have the power to leave it and I have the power to take it back. "
- He "delivered his soul for a sin offering."
He was the voluntary victim, taking upon himself our sins, "and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Isaiah 53:10: "It pleased the LORD to break him by suffering ... After having sacrificed his life for a sin offering, he will see a seed and prolong his days, and the work of Jehovah shall prosper between his hands."
God's righteousness demanded the punishment of the sins of the world that Jesus had taken upon him. And this is the supreme point of sacrifice on the cross. At first Jesus suffered the pains of the dreadful torture to which men have subjected him, at the same time that his heart was shattered by opprobrium. But infinitely more terrible were the sufferings of the Atonement, the sufferings inflicted upon Him by God even because of our sins.
2 Corinthians 5.21: "Whoever did not know sin, he made it become sin for us, that we might become God's righteousness in him."
The judgment was executed. He who took our place under this judgment had expiated the faults he had voluntarily assumed, and he could proclaim, "It is accomplished." He entered into death to pay for all that sin deserved, but he returned victorious.
1 Corinthians 1.30: "But through him you are in Christ Jesus, who by God has been made for us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption ...."
Now God can give thanks. To the lost fisherman he offers the gratuitous salvation of which Jesus paid all the expenses on the cross. To the enemy man he has the message of peace announced:
- "Be reconciled with God! "
- "For Christ ... died for the wicked ... When we were still sinners, Christ died for us. "
- "This is how God highlights his love to him for us."
Romans 5.6: "For when we were still without strength, Christ at the appointed time died for the ungodly ... When we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Conclusion: By an eternal act of God, ONCE FOR ALL, Jesus allowed man to be cleansed from his sin and brought him eternal salvation. This is how God puts His LOVE INTO HIS TODAY. In Jesus a new living era is offered to us: The Lord is the bearer of the hope of a new world. Or are abolished injustice and death; suffering and abandonment. Jesus fulfills the renewal of creation: God can give grace to man through FAITH in his Son.
Hebrews 2.3: "How shall we escape by neglecting such a great salvation, which, first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard it, God supporting their testimony by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. "
Quotes: Saint Longin - Roman centurion (1st century): "Truly, this man was the Son of God" Here is the body of the dead Christ, the blood and water gush forth under the throwing of the Roman centurion. Seeing the miracles that were taking place, the sun darkened and the earthquake, he believed and especially since the moment when, according to some writers, having sight obscured by disease or old age, he rubbed his eyes with the blood of Our Lord flowing down his spear, for he lives more clearly at once. Renouncing therefore the military state, and instructed by the apostles, he spent twenty-eight years in the monastic life at Caesarea of Cappadocia, and converted many people to the faith by his word and his examples.
Matthew 27.50: "Jesus cried out again, and gave up the spirit, and, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, the earth trembled, the rocks were split, the sepulchres were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had died rose, having come out of the sepulchres, after the resurrection of Jesus, they entered the holy city, and appeared to a great number of people, the centurion and those who were with him to keep When Jesus saw the earthquake and what had just happened, they were terrified and said, "Surely this man was the Son of God...."