READ : Matthew 26:26-30
. . . poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (v. 28)
One dark night in 1979, Terry Lynn Smith and her boyfriend brutally killed a young
couple as they slept in their bed. The murders were exceptionally vicious and bloody,
fueled by a drug-induced frenzy. Terry and her boyfriend were convicted and sentenced to a
lifetime in prison.
Imagine if there had been no consequences for their crime. Given their lifestyle, it’s
safe to assume their murderous nights would have continued. Others would have died.
What if the law was never enforced? Most of us would push aside boundaries in small
ways. (Goodbye speed limits!) Many would go farther. Left to complete lawlessness, life
and property would be destroyed in every community at an accelerated clip. Ultimately,
complete anarchy would wreak havoc throughout the world.
What if there had been no cross? The answer is even darker. Sin would remain unchecked,
like a city without laws, unatoned for, unpaid, and unredeemed. Without Christ’s blood
“poured out for many,” there is no forgiveness for sins. The hopelessness of eternal
separation from the Father would guarantee eternal brokenness and despair.
Praise God for the cross! At every communion service, we gratefully celebrate with
bread and wine in remembrance of his death. With John the Baptist we confess, “Behold, the
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
Lord, thank you for the cross!