The Apostle Paul tells us that " - - God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 - NKJV. There is a deep and unsearchable truth beneath those words. How is it possible that God demonstrated His love for us in Christ's death? Shouldn't the apostle have said, "Christ demonstrates His love for us in that Christ died"? 

     I think not. There is a glorious significance in the words just as they read. God showed His love in Christ's death.  Had God not stopped Abraham's hand, in the sacrifice of his son Isaac, a part of Abraham would have died that day. God was surely in that death on the cross. God could not behold the death of His son, therefore He turned away. It was at that same hour was when each Israelite house hold was to have taken to slaughter and sacrificed a lamb over a fire. When God turned away there were three hours of darkness, making it impossible of a lamb to be slaughtered and sacrificed, because OUR sacrifice, God's sacrifice,  was on Calvary's cross at that same hour. The lamb to be offered was for the following days Passover, which was an annual Sabbath. The KJV, relates it as a High Day, whereas the NKJV calls it a special Sabbath. John 19:31. That year, it was, being the first day of Passover, two days prior to the weekly Sabbath.  God had planned it that way, for Christ to be our Passover (I Cor. 5:7) and the timing was perfect. On Calvary's cross God carried out the decree of His eternal counsel. O blessed miracle of divine compassion!! 

     The death of Christ on Calvary's cross derives its saving power from the fact that He was no mere man. He was truly the only begotten Son of the Highest, "all God and all man." Hence John could write, " . . . and the blood of Christ, His Son, purifies us from all sin." I John 1:7 - NKJV. It took the death of the Son of God to atone for the sins of all mankind. That is the reason Isaac Watts, contemplating the noon-day darkness on that fateful Day of Preparation for the first day of Passover, wrote: 

          "Well might the sun in darkness hide
          And shut his glories in
          When God, The Mighty Maker,
          died for man, the creature's sin!"? 


     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




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