My Sin, Nailed to the Cross – April 2, 2021

Consider for a moment the thought that God created all things with a word. Yet shortly after this creation, the gem, the prized creation determined that it would not longer fulfill its created purpose. Instead, mankind determined that they were gods themselves. From that day forward, every human has continued in this open rebellion. Through one man’s sin, all were made sinners. In justice, God fulfilled His warning to mankind and death entered the world. It awaits each of us. This means that you and I are not good people. Ephesians 2 informs us that we were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Yet God in his eternal love and goodness had determined a way of escape before He had created anything. From eternity past, the Triune God determined that the Son would enter into His creation, become His creation, and be murdered by His creation as a substitutional sacrifice for the sin of mankind. Over 2000 years ago today, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our sin. He took our sin on Himself on the cross. So that through faith, His righteousness could be placed on us. He endured cruel mockings and beatings. He endured blasphemy and ridicule. And ultimately, he endured the death of suffocation and excruciating pain in the cross. All so that you and I could enter into life through Him.

So today we echo the words written by Horatio Spafford:

My sin, o the bliss of this glorious thought,

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross,

And I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

O my soul!