"For God so loved... that He gave"

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends."

    Mankind, due to his fall into sin, was condemned to eternal punishment in the exact same manner as the evil tempter who caused him to fall. The *only means by which a man can be saved from this condemnation, were if one who were guiltless, were to be punished in his place. Friends, there has been only one man in existance on this earth that has been guiltless, and that was the Lord Jesus whose only will, was to do His Father's will.

    Almighty GOD, our heavenly Father loves His creation. When, in deception as Adam fell into sin, as did all of his descendants the Father in His great love for us made a way that we might be restored to newness of life, and that life eternal. The price was incredibly high. The only way to provide for a man without sin, would be for GOD Himself to take on that role.

    This unfathomable miracle occured when "...the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Suddenly, the spiritual meaning of the ancient command of GOD for Israel to sacrifice a spotless lamb as an atonement for sin, was realized. Just days after Christ had begun his ministry, when John the baptist saw Him he cried, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" [John 1:29].

    The life of this Lamb was the price. Therefore by paying this price, the one who offered it, has surely declared His love for us. The Father could not offer any more, than the life of His SON. This passage from Isaiah chapter 53, is a prophetic account of what Messiah Yeshua did in giving His life for us-

Isaiah 53:1-12
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he Shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:38PM