[CF Devotionals] 2010-05-01 - Our Gospel: 1

1 Peter 2:24, “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds your were healed.”

Jesus became incarnate and lived a life. It is part of the Gospel, but the Gospel really focuses more on something else. The Gospel is focused on Christ’s death, resurrection, life, and eternal life. I will try to make sense of that, and then apply it some in part 2.

  1. Part of the Gospel is that Jesus died. It assumes, of course, also that He lived. Jesus, who is God, and thus immortal, died. His incarnation meant He also had a human nature. Philippians 2:8 tells us, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” His death was a sacrifice. He didn’t need to die. He was sinless, and death had no hold on Him, but He died as our substitute. Jesus, Who is the eternal Son of God, died for us. His death was for sin. It was for the sin of His people. We are now free from sin, because Christ was bound, and we now live, because Christ died. He died as a sacrifice (paying the penalty for our sin), and as a substitute (He died in our place).

  2. Jesus also rose from the dead. He had been placed in a tomb. He had been embalmed with spices. After three days, He takes off the garment covering His head, and He lives. He was dead, but He rose from the dead. Death is overcome. Here is Christ, born of a woman, and He has conquered death. Not only did death die in Christ’s resurrection, but sin died also. The resurrection is the Father’s announcement that the Atonement for sin, by His Son, was accepted. The debt due for sin has been paid. The followers of Christ now are justified before God. Their sin has been atoned for. Christ “was raised because of our justification,” Romans 4:25.

  3. Jesus is now living. Jesus is living for 40 days before He leaves the Earth, ascending to Heaven. He lives there today. “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,” Hebrews 7:25. He is saving and making intercession for those who draw near to God through Him. He is doing it today, and will continue to do so until He returns, in triumph, at the last day. He lives to hear prayer. He lives for us who are living, even now.

This is the third element of the Gospel of the four mentioned above: 1) Christ is dead for sin. 2) He is risen for our justification. 3) He lives to save and make intercession on behalf of His people. Unto all that the Father has given to the Son, the Son gives eternal life, John 17:2. In fact, Jesus says in John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also whom Thou hast given Me be with Me where I am.” He desires that His people be with Him. We see a similar sense in John 6:39. We will look at the fourth in the next segment, and also look to apply it some to ourselves.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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