6 hours that changed the world

Memorize: John 19:30–When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Read: Luke 23


 

Monday—No person in history changed the world more than Jesus. Think about it. There are very few people in the world (regardless of religion) who have not heard of Jesus. People believe in him, debate about him, and study him. There are eyewitnesses of Jesus. There are historians who talk about Jesus. These historians are both Christian and secular historians. What impact did Jesus have that causes him to be so widely discussed and followed?
Tuesday— Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. This leaves humanity in quite a predicament because the Bible also says, in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So, if we all have sinned, and the penalty for our sin is death, then we deserve death. Jesus came to eradicate our penalty, and to give us eternal life. Thus, in John 1:29, John the Baptist calls Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus takes away, that is, expiates, our sins. Likewise, Isaiah 53:6 says, “The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him,” and Hebrews 9:26 says “He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” This process of our sin being removed from us is called expiation. The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ, who discharged it by his death.

 

Wednesday—By dying in our place for our sins, Christ removed the wrath of God that we justly deserved. In fact, it goes even further: a propitiation is not simply a sacrifice that removes wrath, but a sacrifice that removes wrath and turns it into favor. (Note: a propitiation does not turn wrath into love — God already loved us fully, which is the reason he sent Christ to die; it turns his wrath into favor so that his love may realize its purpose of doing good to us every day, in all things, forever, without sacrificing his justice and holiness.) When God sees us covered in Jesus blood, he sees us as pure and whole. He doesn’t see us marred and blemished by sin. (Romans 3:25-26 and 1 John 4:10)

 

Thursday—Because of our sins, we were alienated — separated — from God. Christ’s death removed this alienation and thus reconciled us to God. We see this, for example, in Romans 5:10-11: “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Sin alienated us, however Christ redeemed us and we are now adopted into His family. (Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5)

 

Friday— Our sins had put us in captivity from which we need to be delivered. The price that is paid to deliver someone from captivity is called a “ransom.” To say that Christ’s death accomplished redemption for us means that it accomplished deliverance from our captivity through the payment of a price. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13-14), the guilt of our sin (Romans 3:24), and the power of sin (I Peter 1:18-19). Jesus has changed the world, but has he changed your life? How will you respond to the Savior?