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Someone Has to Pay the Penalty


Have you ever questioned whether the cross of Christ was necessary? Afterall, God sees the heart, why can’t He just forgive me if I’m truly sorry for my sins? Being sorry is good, but your sorrow cannot take away your sins. Justice always requires punishment.

My home was broken into once. Some of you have had worse happen. Suppose the offender was caught and sentenced. Later, sitting in prison he reasoned, “If I turn in sincere repentance and sorrow to the judge and ask his forgiveness, why couldn’t he grant it?” Justice would demand he remain in his cell.

What about a Holy God? Shall we expect Him to do less than an earthly judge and grant forgiveness simply because we ask?  Surely hell will have those suffering the due punishment for their sins.

What about mercy you ask? First, someone has to pay the penalty.

Friend, approach the cursed cross now. See where Jesus suffered. Get a little closer – hear the Father say, “He was cut off from the land of the living and for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.”  Justice took place here. (Isaiah 53:8) See the stained blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins. Mercy was here too.

Now hear the declaration to those who believe!

“When you were dead in your sins God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.”

“You had a charge of legal indebtedness which stood against you and condemned you. God canceled the charge and has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him…” Isaiah 53:5

Used with permission from Rich Vega.

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