Are You Good Enough for Heaven? (Part 4 of 4)
Romans 6:23 tells us that sin’s penalty is death. That means spiritual separation from God. The sacrifices of the Old Testament were substitutes for the death of the sinner. Sheep, oxen, goats, and doves took his place. The animals had to be perfect, unblemished specimens. The one making a burnt offering placed his hand on the animal (Leviticus 1:4). That symbolized transferring his guilt. It also represented transferring the animal’s innocence to himself.
As we through faith place our hand on Jesus, the Lamb of God, our sins are transferred to Him and His virtues to us. He died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). Not for perfect persons but for messed up ones! We qualify! Jesus paid the penalty of our sin. He tasted death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). We must trust in the sufficiency of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. We must commit ourselves to Him. When we do, we get credit for Jesus’ perfect life and He takes the rap for our botched up one. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV). The only goodness that can endure the light and fire of God’s judgment is received from Jesus by faith.
Karen Clemente was in Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square waiting to take a bus to Hoboken, NJ. A scruffy looking man asked her for change for the bus. He could not afford the fare. As she walked toward the open door of the bus, she could not decide whether to help him or not. Once inside, she found the $1.25 she needed to pay the man’s fare. The driver closed the door and began pulling out of the station. She told him, “Don’t leave! Let that man in. I’ll pay for him.”1 What Karen did illustrates what Jesus did for all humanity. Note 1. Clemente, Karen. In “Brightside”. Campus Crusade for Christ. November 1997.
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