Reuben Archer Torrey
God offers Jesus to us to be our sin-bearer
First of all, God offers
Jesus to us to be our sin-bearer.
We have all sinned. There is not a man or woman or a boy or a girl who
has not sinned (Romans 3:22, 23). "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we claim we have not sinned,
we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives" (1
John 1:8, 10). Now, we must each of us bear our own sin or some one else
must bear it in our place. If we were to bear our own sins, it would mean
we must be banished forever from the presence of God, for God is holy.
"God is light; in him there is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). But God
Himself has provided another to bear our sins in our place, so that we
should not need to bear them ourselves. This sin-bearer is God's own Son,
Jesus Christ: "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). When
Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary He redeemed us from the curse
of the law by being made a curse in our stead (Galatians 3:13). To receive
Christ, then, is to believe this testimony of God about His Son, to believe
that Jesus Christ did bear our sins in His own body on the cross (1 Peter
2:24), and to trust God to forgive all our sins because Jesus Christ has
borne them in our place. "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of
us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity
of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).
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