For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

1 Peter 3: 18

 

One, and only one, was born without sin, was surrounded by all of the temptations that each of us faces, lived without giving in to any of Satan’s enticements, and died an undeserved death so that people like me could live. This is the great universal irony of faith in God, for everyone who has lived except for Jesus has earned a death sentence of separation from the only true and unwavering source of love in the universe. That is, we all act in ways that are unrighteous, unloving, and hurtful to God, the Father; so, we are not worthy of being in His presence. Thus, the Father sent Jesus!

 

You see, God was never willing to settle for the simple answer of just getting rid of the people that He had created, and He certainly wasn’t going to allow sin to continue to rule this world. There was always a redemptive plan, and God continually works toward restoration. Jesus is the answer to the plan of redemption, accepting Him as Lord of one’s life changes our status from object of that plan to participant in it, and living in the close and intimate relationship with God that can follow after acceptance of Christ leads us into the process of personal restoration to the glory that the Father intended for each of us. Additionally, Jesus is the only answer to God’s desire for the ultimate restoration of this world to its created glory.

 

Jesus, who was always alive in spirit, became a man as a gift from the Father to all of us so that we could know that same spiritual life; then, the Father allowed people to put the Christ to death so that He could claim God’s victory over the decay and the destruction with which sin had filled us. Thus, in Jesus, we too have God’s gift of a spirit that is eternally alive. This life is a splendid present that is given to everyone, everywhere. For those who have never accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, it needs to be opened and the victory inside claimed. For those of us who have accepted the gift, we can explore the contents more fully, seek to truly know Christ, and lay all of the sinful thinking and actions that are still clinging to our flesh before God so that He can put them to death. Christ is the path to victory over death, and He is the One who restores us to the fullness of life.

 

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