THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A fella moved to Florida from Massachusetts. (I wonder why?) He immediately took advantage of the good fishing in Florida. He assembled the gear that he had used for freshwater fishing up north, and settled on a popular spot along the Intracoastal Waterway.
He attached his favorite lue, ast it out, and within minutes had caught a beautiful 8 pounder!
A local fisherman gazed in amazement. The "newcomer" brought the fish ashore and gave it to one of the local fisherman. He accepted it with gratitude, and asked, "What did you use to land this beauty?"
The "newcomer" explained it was his favorite silver spinner. The local oldtimer said, "Oh no! That can not be done! You gotta use live shrimp to catch fish like that!"
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
They said it couldn't be done!
They said God would not come to earth as a man!
The Sadducees said there was no resurrection and God wouldn't do that.
The Pharisees called Jesus a "winebibber" who ate with sinners.
They were so enthralled with their own idea of God they refused the TRUTH!
Even though God had told them in His Word there would be a "suffering Messiah," they did not believe it!
But God came in Jesus Christ!
Jesus died for sinners!
He was the "Righteous" dying for the UNrighteous.
He was the "Sinless" dying for the sinful.
Jesus DID it!
He died for us on that cross for our atonement...paying God for our sins.
And, Jesus was raised from the grave for our "justification."
Jesus has the authority to wash us in His own blood and present us cleansed at the throne of God.
Because of what Jesus did:
When we surrender to Christ, we no longer stand in the mucky mire of our own sin.
We stand "justified" in the righteousness of our Savior.
We are granted "access" to God through prayer.
And, we become partakers of the Divine grace and mercy of God!
And because of Jesus' atonement, we have the secured "hope" of heaven.
Ain't God GOOD?