Have you ever wondered why the God of the universe didn’t decide to save us without having His Son die the gruesome death of crucifixion? Surely, you think, the Lord could do anything, right? Yes, He can do anything–except violate His own character.
God is Holy. We know that all people have disobeyed His law and broken fellowship with Him (Rom. 3:23). From the beginning of time, He has required a penalty for disobedience to His commands. In fact, our sin actually deserves payment of our own life (Gen. 2:17; Ezek. 18:4; Rom. 6:23).
However, because of our Father’s great love, He allowed another life to be offered as a substitutionary payment for our sin-debt. So in the Old Testament, people would sacrifice animals to atone for their wrongs. However, this gracious provision was just a temporary solution. Jesus’ death was the final sacrifice for sin. Our…
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