My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to our salvation, can we really trust that God placed our sins, all of them, squarely on Jesus’ shoulders? Can we truly know that it was our sins that put Him on the cross in the first place; or, for that matter, whether his suffering really paid the entire price?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
In the society that we live in today, appearances can be very deceiving. We see a baseball player hammering out home runs or doing ads on television revealing his muscular form and we assume that here is a man who has stayed in shape through countless hours of hard work and exercise. Then it is revealed that he simply got that way by using steroids.
It’s no wonder we have become such a skeptical people. A recent poll indicated that less than 23% of all Americans trust those in authority over them. But even far more telling than that, when asked how impacting their skepticism really was on their personal lives, 58% responded that it really didn’t affect them significantly while only 17% responded that it significantly affected their lives. We’ve become a nation of cynics, content to scold those in authority over us about their lack of trustworthiness without the least inclination on our part to correct it. We are quick to discover the lie and slow to cover it with what we know to be true.
When it comes to our salvation, can we really trust that God placed our sins, all of them, squarely on Jesus’ shoulders? Can we truly know that it was our sins that put Him on the cross in the first place; or, for that matter, whether his suffering really paid the entire price? How can we be sure that Christ really bore the burden as the Bible tells us? Being the skeptics that we are, a little evidence that we could actually see with our own eyes would be very helpful.
Skeptical? We need look no further than the suffering Savior in Gethsemane’s garden and the face of a man who prays so fervently that his very sweat has become bloody. This picture leaves no room for skepticism or speculation. It is so compelling that His shivers and shakes cause us to not only know that He is suffering beyond that which no man has ever suffered, but that this evident suffering can only be caused by a burden only the Son of God could bear. Make no mis- take, only my sin and your sin could provoke such a picture. The evidence is compelling. We are staring truth squarely in the face.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord Sometimes we wonder—Is it really possible that all of our sins have been paid for by Your Son, Jesus Christ? How can it be that a lifetime of sin, our own and that of uncountable others could be borne by just one man? It’s so easy for skepticism to show its ugly face. Yet, all we need to do is read of His agony in the Garden and hear of His intense suffering and we are reassured. Jesus paid the price we should have paid, and He did so out of love for those You created for Him. Thank you Father for this immeasurable sacrifice. Forgive us when we doubt if but for a moment. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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