“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29, NIV)
I never get tired of hearing God’s wonderful plan of salvation. It is truly all a work of God. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, takes away the sin of the world. That includes my sin and your sin. He does it without our works, behavior, or anything else:
“For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4, NLT)
We are told, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” (1 John 2:1–2, NLT)
“For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:14, NLT)
Jesus alone atones for our sins, and he alone provides for our eternal security. He has purchased our redemption. We have our wonderful relationship with the Father because the blood of Christ has provided the way for us, giving us entrance to have audience with our Father in heaven:
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.” (Hebrews 10:19, NLT)
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13–14, NKJV)
Remember the words in this verse: trusted, believed, sealed, guarantee, redemption. All of them are backed up by God himself.
Jesus Christ has saved us from ourselves! In other words, we are not to trust in ourselves, our behavior, or any works we might do to earn salvation. He came to tell us, “Trust in me for your salvation. My shed blood is the only payment that God will accept for the payment of your sin.”
Thank God he has done this for us!
Today, ask yourself:
Do I remember what Jesus has done for me, and daily express my gratitude to him for being my Advocate?