Pastor Bill Meadows
February 19, 2014
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In spite of our sins and rebellion, God loves us and that is a reason known only to Him. Our sin is a great barrier that can keep us from going to heaven, but God has broken that barrier. It has taken a miracle of love and His grace to break that barrier.
We are told that God is love and has created us to live in a loving relationship with Him: but our sin has separated us from Him and His love.
Our sins have a death sentence, “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a). The Lord says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). There is a death sentence upon mankind. It means eternal separation from God if you do not know Jesus as your Saviour. It also means that you will not see heaven when you die, but a place that was prepared for the devil and the fallen angels. “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and deliver them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (2 Peter 2:4).
But there is good news. God Wants To Forgive Us.
Even though we are condemned to death; God still loves us and wants to forgive us. He would like nothing better than to see all our sins disappear from us and for us to be on the highway to heaven. I believe that God is more anxious to forgive us of our sins that we are to have them forgiven. I know he is that kind of God.
As one reads the book of Psalm, we see that David described God this way; “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works” (Ps.145:8-9). Here we are told that God is eager to pardon all, but there is a problem and that is that God can not just overlook our sin. If He did, what kind of heaven would it be like? Would you want to live in heaven forever with people who are still sinners? That would not be heaven. Also, what kind of God would pretend that He doesn’t see our sins? He wouldn’t be God at all.
God Solves Our Dilemma
Here’s God’s dilemma. He loves us, but we are sinners; and as we are now, we cannot go to heaven when we die. But He wants to forgive us; and for a Holy God, that presents a dilemma. How can a holy God let sinners into heaven?
So God solved this problem Himself. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor.5:21).
You see, God has always demanded a blood sacrifice to pay for sin. He demands that sacrifice of you and me. Without it, we can’t go to heaven when we die. The dilemma is solved. God made an atonement for our sins. He paid for them Himself, with the sacrifice of His Son on Calvary’s cross. He sacrificed His own Son to pay our sin debt. He made it possible for us to go to heaven when we die. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom.5:8). He died for you and me. That is where God revealed His love. And God doesn’t save us by love. He now saves us by grace because the guilt of sin has been removed by the death of Christ, and He can hold out His arms and save you today. Romans 5:9 tells us more about this love of God. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” What Paul is saying is that there are fewer obstacles in our way. If, when we were a sinner (enemy), He overcame all that was in the way of our salvation; much more have we a reason to expect that he will afford us protection, now that we are his friends. This is one ground of the hope expressed in Romans 5:5, And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.” “Being now justified which means Pardoned; accepted as his friends. By his death we are purchased by his blood, and sanctified by it, renders us sacred in the eye of God; bestows a value on us proportionate to the worth of his price of our redemption; and is a pledge that he will keep that which has so dearly bought. We are saved from wrath. Wrath is hell; from the punishment due to sin.
Amazing love isn’t it? That is why God sent His only Son to die for you and me.