Unlimited: The Good News
Oct 18, 2019 1625
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24, ESV).
We were all ruined by Adam, our first representative. But Christ came as the second Adam, the second representative of the human race, and he redeemed us all.
Legally it is so. Personally, it becomes so as I believe it. Charles Wesley wrote in his beautiful poem, “Believe, believe the record true, Ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood; Pardon for all flows from His side; My Lord, my Love, is crucified.”
Only this can explain those mysterious sections of the Gospel narrative which tell us of the intensity of Christ’s mental anguish when he sweat great drops of blood and on the cross cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He was forsaken of God, or so it seemed, that we might never be forsaken.
He cried, “Why?” in order that we might never need to cry it. The lightning bolts of judgment struck the innocent Son of God in order that the guilty might find safety beneath the Cross of Calvary.
Furthermore, when we receive this blood-bought gift of righteousness, we cannot remain the same. When we look to Christ, he justifies us, and then his gaze sanctifies. Christ’s salvation dissolves our spirit of rebellion.
This is why the Bible says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24, ESV).
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Why was Christ forsaken on the Cross? How does this affect heaven? Go to God in prayer, thanking him for eternal life through the work of Christ.