â€œFor in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.â€ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (Romans 6:10-11)
The chorus of the hymn â€œMy Hope Is in the Lordâ€ contains rich insight.
For me He died,
For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light
He freely gives.
Think about itâ€”the immortal Creator willingly took upon Himself our deserved penalty for sin so that we donâ€™t have to die. â€œChrist hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for usâ€ (Galatians 3:13). Then, when Godâ€™s holy wrath was fully satisfied, He took His life back again. Only the great Creator of life could do such a thing, and now He offers everlasting life to us, undeserving as we are.
This never-ending life is offered freely, yet it is of infinite value. We have nothing comparable with which we can pay. Even the â€œgoodâ€ things we can do are insufficient. â€œBut we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy ragsâ€ (Isaiah 64:6). What can we do? Nothing!
â€œBut when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sonsâ€ (Galatians 4:4-5).
â€œAnd they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy bloodâ€ (Revelation 5:9). What a grand plan is His! JDM