3rd step of salvation

                           Recognize what God did for us 


What did Jesus really do for us?  He destroyed him who had the power of death; that is, the devil.  "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood.  He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death; that is, the devil; and release those who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage"  (Hebrew 2:14-15) 

First of all, He destroyed the devil, who had the power of death, and He released us from the fear of death. He died in our place as a substitue.  He appeased the wrath of God.

Secondly, the holy Son of God who hates sin was willing to become sin for us, who knew no sin.  In I Peter 2:24 the Word of God says that "He bore our sins in His own body..." likewise,  "He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."  (2 Corinthians 5:21).  He was willing to experience the awful agony of being separated from His Father for the first time from all eternity.  His Father could not neither look upon Him nor have fellowship with Him because the sins of the world were laid upon Him.

Thirdly, He gave His All as He allowed His blood to be poured out and drained from Him and He died. "Much more then being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."  (Romans 5:9).  We are saved from the wrath of God because Jesus appeased the wrath of God by being our substitute and God the Father was satisfied.  The price was paid in full!  The Word of God declares:  "How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purified our conscience from dead works that we might be able to serve the true and Living God."  (Hebrews 9:14)

Fourthly, thought He had the Sovereign power of God to come down from the Cross yet He remained there and suffered, bled, and died as a Substitute for our sins and paid the ultimate penalty for sin which was death.  In Hebrew 12 it says that... He despised the shame of the cross....the shame of all our sins....the shame of being treated like a criminal even though He was completed innocent....innocent before the world...naked and experiencing public humiliation and scorn, who was guilty of what....guilty of loving every person in the world  in such an unlimited degree….unconditional and sacrificial love of God?

I think that it is mind-boggling that while He was dying He was being ridicule, scorn, and challenged to come down the cross:  He had the Power to call for ten thousand angels, who could have put the entire mob upon individual crosses and let them all suffer the  agony of the cross.  Unrestrained power that He had to stop all His sufferings yet He chooses not to use it!  That is absolutely amazing!  Breathing taking that He didn't use that power to unleashed  the full fury of the wrath of God upon that mob, who were enjoying the way that He was dying.


In His final hours on the cross, He asked His Father to forgive such a mob that really deserved the full wrath of God.  He even made sure that His earthly mother would be taken care of and He promised to a thief,  who believed in Him that "....today shall you be in paradise with me!"

That is the kind of value that we all have in His sight....Somebody Special....dearly loved! 

Be absolutely sure that God the Father will unleashed the full fury of His wrath upon those who reject His only begotten Son!!!




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