Once a pastor concluded his message by saying, “God doesn’t just cancel debt. He pays it by His blood.” This made one of the men in the congregation very uncomfortable.
After the service, the man walked up to the pastor and asked, “Why do you have to talk about the blood of Jesus? I don’t see why anyone needs it to be saved. I was saved without it.”
The pastor thought for a minute, and then asked, “My good man, can you tell me how you have been saved?”
“Of course. I follow Christ’s example as the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21.”
The pastor questioned further, “Have you ever sinned?”
“Well, yes — but nothing major.”
“Then sir, you don’t need an example; you need a Savior.”
The blood of Jesus is now viewed by many as a crudity which should be removed from all dialogue in the Church. Some churches have even removed references to it from their hymnals. What our politically-correct world fails to realize is the fact that Christ’s blood is the very bridge of salvation. No sinner can approach God the Father unless he comes through the blood of Jesus.
If mankind only needed a good example for salvation, then God would have provided it. Perhaps He would have sent an angel, as I proposed yesterday. Regardless, He would not have allowed the blood of His beloved Son to be spent at the cross.
However, a Savior is what mankind needed. Without the shedding of blood, there could be no forgiveness for sins. That is what God provided, and that is what Jesus is — not a good Example, but a Savior. Christ died and shed His blood to pay for your sins. Then He rose again from the dead, showing that His payment had been accepted by the Father. This is good news. Eternal life is yours when Christ becomes your Savior by faith. Why not put your trust in Him right now?
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Today Jesus Christ is being dispatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God. — Oswald Chambers
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.