Christ Died for All – by Desmond Ford
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Feb 11, 2015 2731
So there’s a vital question to all of us. How can a man be reconciled to God? What is the cure for guilt’s alienation and sin’s compulsion?
The good news for today, my friends, the good news unlimited is that the confession of the real problem can result in an immediate discovery of healing. Every needy person can be surprised by joy. The burden of the New Testament is that man’s Maker, aware of the human dilemma, has already intervened to solve it. This is the meaning of the cross. The Scriptures declare to guilty men that He Who is both Lawgiver and Judge has lived their life, except for sinning, and died their death in order that by way of exchange we might be credited with His life and His righteousness.
William Tyndale, the translator of much of the King James Version (its basis) said that these truths about the cross constitute “the good, glad and merry tidings that make a man’s heart to sing and his feet to dance for joy.” The Scripture says One has died for all, therefore, all have died. And if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation for the old has passed away and behold the new is come. All this is from God Who through Christ reconciled us to Himself. For our sake, He (God) made Him (Christ) to be sin Who knew no sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor. 5:21.
This verse answers the question, “Why the cross?” It answers the issue about guilt.
For if One died for all, all died. We died. You and I died. At 3 o’clock that black Friday two thousand years ago. We were ruined ages before without our personal participation by the first Adam, our first representative. At Calvary, again without our personal participation, we were redeemed by the second Adam. As Adam represented the race in Eden, so Christ, the second Adam, represented humanity at the cross.
– Des Ford (From “Why the Cross?)