Monday, April 24th, 2017

Lent Day 35 — A wondrous transaction

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[27] “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. [28] Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” [29] The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” [30] Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. [31] Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. [32] And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” [33] He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. [34] So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” [35] So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. [36] While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:27-36 ESV)

A bit of Bible trivia for you. How many times did Jesus while on earth hear a heavenly voice attesting to his identy? Three times: 1) here in Vs. 28, 2) at his baptism, and 3) at his transfiguration.

Jesus was unsettled by knowing he was headed toward horrible suffering on the cross. I think he knew that if he asked the Father he could avoid such a death. So why didn’t he? Reason: He knew that his purpose was to glorify the name of God. Beyond bringing glory to the Father, I have to ask why this is such a really big deal, big enough for a public exchange between Father and Son? Why was it absolutely necessary for Jesus to be crucified?

I’m not sure I can answer the question well, but since I have read the inspired words above, and I have the Holy Spirit to teach me, I will give it my best shot.

I (and all who believe in Jesus) am aware of my sin. I cannot have communion with a holy God until my sin is somehow dealt with. If the word “sin” is a stumbling block, substitute “unworthiness.” Because of the crucifixion a great and mysterious transaction can now take place between God and man. Jesus takes on my sin and suffers on my behalf, and I take on the righteousness of Christ, meaning God now sees me as a righteous man and hears my prayers. I am now one of the “sons of light.”

I cannot explain it. I just praise God for it.

Dave

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