“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for He himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.” Romans 3:25-26
God’s great plan of which we are invited to be a part of, is to bring God’s righteousness back to His creation. To bring creation back under His divine dominion, to cleanse it of evil, to redeem, reclaim, and renovate the universe so that it, again, reflects His glory. The plan of salvation is good news to each individual, but the greater news is the return of God’s righteousness to its rightful place in the world. As I look at our world and the chaos that is happening not just in our nation, but in the entire world, more than anything else, I want to see God’s righteousness returned to this world. I know that someday this will come true. “For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.” (Romans 14:11) When this day comes, we will all praise Jesus for His sacrifice. Without the sacrifice of Jesus, we would never see this day.
Salvation is free, but it is not cheap. These words can show the cost of our salvation. Propitiation means the satisfying of God’s holy law, the meeting of its just demands, so that God can freely forgive those who come to Jesus. The blood tells us what price was paid. Jesus had to die on the cross in order to satisfy the law and justify sinners. Today we hear too much about cheap grace. This is the grace that tells us that we don’t have to change anything to have forgiveness of our sins. Jesus paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross. If we are to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must die also to the world and live for Jesus.