The gospel is a marvelous thing, is it not? To think of the GOD of the entire universe taking MY sin and MY punishment upon His own holy and pristine back all because of love! LOVE! How great it is! How marvelous. It shows me how depraved my own soul sits, unashamedly admitting I would never have done such a thing. Die for my enemies? Forgive those who put a spear to my side? Make a way for permanent relationship to those who would come in the future, the multitude of whom would rather I didn't exist? No way. But that is exactly what He did!
God. In. the. flesh. Came down. Lived perfectly. Died miserably. Rose triumphantly. Oh what glory! The mighty vindicated. The wretch justified. The sinner sanctified. The righteous purified. The blood of Jesus poured out.
Many people write in with comments and questions to thespiritofislam.com, a site managed by Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry. My job on this site is to answer the comments and questions sent in on a daily basis. A few weeks ago, a lady wrote in and since that time, her comment had become my favorite by far.
Her first sentence was, "It does not make sense to say that Jesus died for our sins."
The statement, written in confusion and frustration, made me want to rejoice. Why? BECAUSE SHE IS RIGHT! What sense does it make for a PERFECT, HOLY, JUST God to DIE for MY sins?? It makes no sense whatsoever! But that is the unutterable and marvelous mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Does it make sense? No. My own death for my own sins - that makes sense. Horrific and justifiable extermination of all rebellious creation - that makes sense. Jesus, God in the flesh, perfect, all-knowing, fully God and fully man, Jesus, who had legions of angles at his beck and call if only He spoke the word, Jesus, dying - that truly does not make sense.
The commenter went on to say, "All the people who were involved with that killing were unjust. How does an unjust killing wipe out my sins?"
I longed to speak with this woman in person. She was so close to the Gospel! Jesus' death WAS unjust. Because He never should have died in the first place. I should have. She should have. Every single being to ever draw breath upon this planet should have. That would have been justice. But God decided to be unjust and take the punishment upon Himself. His death was the most "unjust" act of justice to ever take place. Because it wasn't fair. It wasn't right.
Justice demands a price paid by the law breaker. He never broke a law. But He paid the price justice demanded anyway. It does not make sense. It makes me stand back in awe and wonder. How great a God, how merciful a God, how gracious a God we serve!