Dying

Tim Brown

READ : Luke 23:32-49

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures . . .(1 Corinthians 15:3)

The Heidelberg Catechism, a treasured statement of faith for many Reformed Christians, contains a series of four powerful questions and answers about Christ’s suffering. The first of them concerns the death of Jesus: “Why did Christ have to suffer ‘death’?”

Understanding the answer ought to shield our hearts against an avalanche of guilt: “Because the righteousness and truth of God are such that nothing else could pay for our sins except the death of the Son of God.” Nothing else could pay for our sins except the death of the Son of God.

Think of it friends . . . Nothing else could pay for our sins except the death of the Son of God.

But, I hasten to add, the Son of God did indeed die for our sins! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

I once heard a preacher give tremendous counsel to a sanctuary filled with college students. He told them, “When the devil assaults you with a barrage of accusations concerning your sinfulness, don’t argue with him. He has good evidence. Simply tell him you have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and therefore his accusations are now irrelevant.” The sense of relief in the room was palpable—including the sense of relief in my own soul.

PRAYER

We bless you, Lord Jesus, for your saving blood!