Summary: The atonement was God's love to this lost and dying world.
Christ Died for the Ungodly
JCC 14.02.10 pm
To genuinely say “Jesus died for me” you must also say “I have no strength to save myself. I am ungodly. I am a sinner.”
“If Christ died for the ungodly, this fact leaves the ungodly no excuse if they do not come to him, and believe in him for salvation. Had it been otherwise they might have pleaded, ‘We are not fit to come.’ But you are ungodly, and Christ died for the ungodly, why not for you?”
God’s love is a love beyond even the best love a human can give
A good man might die in martyrdom for another good fellow, but Jesus died for those who were neither righteous or good
When Jesus was arrested there was a man in prison who was a known terrorist, Barabbas
One prisoner was allowed free at Passover
The people chose Barabbas over Jesus
Signifying that Jesus took this ungodly man’s place
But God demonstrates His own love
How does the death of the Son demonstrate the love of the Father?
It was harder for the Father to send His only Son because God the Father was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself
2 Corinthians 5:19 God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation
God has reconciled the world
How has God changed the world?
Col 1:19-23 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight--if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
God isnot reconciled, but the world
God had to do something about sin
Why couldn’t he just change things in Eden when Adam sinned?
He had one way of saving us
Through the blood of Christ
The world has now been turned around towards Him
In the Old Testament without an atoning sacrifice there could be no access for sinful men into the presence of this Holy God
The heart and centre of the divinely revealed religious system of God's ancient people was that without a propitiatory (defined as mercy seat in the English dictionary) sacrifice there could be no acceptable approach to God
There must be acceptance before there is worship
There must be atonement before there is acceptance
This atonement consisted in the shedding of blood
The blood-shedding was the pouring out of life; for the life of the flesh is in the blood
The whole system was designed to teach the holiness and righteousness of God
The sinfulness of men and the guilt of sin; and, above all, to show that it was God's will that forgiveness should be secured
Not by any works of the sinner or anything that we could do
With Christ, His death was the purpose for which He came down from heaven: "For this cause came I to this hour" John 12:27
From the outset it was the overshadowing event
It was distinctly foreseen and voluntary
Mark 10:45, He says: "The Son of Man came to give His life a ransom for many."
We are not in the habit of paying ransoms
But, to the Jew, a ransom was an everyday custom
It was what was given in exchange for the life of the first-born
It was the price which every man paid for his life
So, when Christ made the statement, it was a concept which would be immediately grasped
He came to give His life a ransom, that through the shedding of His blood we might receive redemption
The object of the death of Christ was the forgiveness of sins
The testimony of the New Testament writers, both in Acts and in the Epistles, is that Christ died no accidental death, but suffered according to the will of God
The work of Jesus on the cross for us is God’s ultimate proof of His love
He may give additional proof, but He can give no greater proof
The horror of sin is that it wrenched the human race from God
Christ died because God loves