A primary reason there is atheism and worship of imaginary gods is a fear of God's justice. If one denies God's existence, or creates his own god, one deceives himself into believing he/she can live life as they please, and avoid God's justice. In reality they are only assuring they will in deed face the fiery harshness of God's justice.

     During the First World War a French officer fell wounded in front of the French trenches. Enemy shrapnel was bursting all around him, and he was completely unprotected. Seeing the officer's danger, a private crawled out of the trench and dressed the officer's wounds to the best of his ability and circumstances. Then the private laid down beside the officer, whispering in the officer's ear, "Don't worry, I am between you and the shells. They must touch me first."

     What a beautiful picture of Him, who, on Calvary's cross, placed Himself between us and the sizzling thunderbolt-wrath of God's justice, then assures us: "Do not fear! I am between you and the strokes of God's wrath. They must touch Me first."

     Jesus is our eternal Go-Between. He is the Mediator between God and men. By His sinless life and His holy, innocent suffering and death in our stead, He has taken His place between me, you and everyone who accepts Christ's vicarious death and the stern demands of God's consuming justice.

     Now, no one who has beheld the crucified Savior and peered in the empty tomb, needs to have fear. As the prophet Isaiah foretold, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." Isa. 53:5 - NKJV.

     To each who has expressed faith in Jesus' shed blood for their redemption, the Savior says, "I have stood between you and the avenging wrath of a just and holy God. I absorbed the pain and anguish of your punishment when I died in your place on Calvary's cross. You need do nothing - but have faith in My death, and place your hand in Mine." What a Savior - What a Redeemer!

     With such a Savior there is nothing in life or death that can harm us. With the Christian poet we can say:
                  "Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ, Have cleansed my guilty soul,
                   Thy stripes, not mine, O Christ, Have made my spirit whole.
                   Thy death, not mine, O Christ, Has paid the ransom due;
                   Ten thousand deaths like mine Would have been all too few." 
                                                                           >author unknown< 

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




Updated January 13, 2010
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