Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 1st, 2016
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
An Offering For Sin
Consider this offer: you give all of your sin, impurities, guilt, and shame to Jesus in exchange for His perfect, spotless, righteous life. Doesn’t that make you want to sing praise to God?
More and more Canadians are taking advantage of an offering in Germany that is hard to beat. German universities are tuition free and they are offering the deal not only to German students but to International students as well. And because so many students from English speaking countries are taking advantage of this incredible offer, about 20% of classes are offered in English. There are small fees charged. At the Technical University in Munich, for example, students are charged 111 Euros each semester. For this, students get a public transportation ticket that enables them to travel freely around Munich. As well, students pay 80 Euros a month for health insurance. Cost of room and board is about 4000 Euros a year. By offering free tuition, Germany is attracting some of the brightest students in the world.
Human beings understand the Bible truth “the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends.” The concept of sacrifice is universal and here in Canada it is the foundation for such important events as Remembrance Day. What most people don’t understand is the “rest of the story” about this principle. It is not limited to the human sense of a human being sacrificing his or her life in order to save another, or to protect such values as freedom and liberty. These are the words of Jesus, who would shortly after go on to lay down His life for us. And His sacrifice had a deeper impact. 2 Corinthians 5:21 explains it this way: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” When Jesus offered His life in our place, when the sinless one took the punishment on the Cross that our sins deserve, it was more than just the case of a good man laying down His life for others. In a spiritual sense Jesus’ death was more than just a sacrifice. His death was a sin offering, and by His shed blood, Paul reminds us here, we are set free from the bondage of sin and the sentence of death. For God so loved the world that He sent Jesus as a sin offering for us. Because of this, we are set free.
These have been words from the heart.