The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Within a few books in the middle of the New Testament, the apostle Paul posed a revealing question-and-answer session. Through two passages, he explained how a holy and just God reconciled sinful man to Himself.
In Ephesians 1:4-5 (NASB), Paul wrote, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.”
To make us righteous in God’s sight, though we were hardly holy and blameless, God adopted us through Jesus Christ. But how?
Turn to Colossians 1:22 (NASB): “He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”
Because of Jesus’ substitutionary death on the Cross, believers are now holy and blameless. It was through, and not only through, the death of Jesus that God orchestrated your proper standing in relationship to Him. God sacrificed His own Son so you could become one of His children.
Jesus’ sacrifice is the greatest gift ever given. It is God’s grace at its zenith, the one moment on which mankind hinges. It is a free gift from God’s heart, and all He asks is that you believe with all your heart.
Jesus, thank You for giving me the greatest gift—the gift of Your grace.