July 29, 2018

As we continue with our thoughts from "Did Jesus Just Happen", I want to deal with the fact that Jesus is our eternal Sacrifice and Atonement. Jesus did two things as indicated in the verb which John uses in the Scripture. The Lamb of God, John says, "takes away" the sin of the world. There is a twofold thought in this verb. One idea suggested in the etymology of this verb is that of "bearing or enduring". It is not a mere taking away in any fashion; rather, it is a taking away by bearing the full weight upon one's self. Indeed, it is in this sense that Jesus takes away the sin of the world.

He actually bore upon Himself the full weight of the sins of all the world. The sins of the whole world were poured out upon Him. He felt the full weight of them and the full weight of their condemnation. Jesus cannot take away the sin of the world as one would take a rock in His hand and cast it away. It is not that simple. He must take upon Himself the full brunt of sin in all of its awful consequences. This weight, Jesus was feeling in its fullness when He cried out from the Cross; "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46). Jesus could not take away our sins without assuming the full consequences of our sins. We must not overlook this essential aspect of our redemption. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us" (Gal. 3:13). One must remember that He took away our sins by bearing our sins in Himself on the Cross.

Having taken upon Himself the full weight of our sins, He does carry them away, so that they never return. They are taken away from us, so the Psalmist tells us, "As far as the East is from the West" Ps. 103:12). They are cast into the bottom of the sea of forgetfulness. King Hezekiah speaks of his sins having been case behind the back of God (Isa. 38:17). The present tense of the verb makes the experience always present. He takes away (continually) the sins of the world. His one sacrifice of Himself on Calvary keeps on taking away the sins of the world as long as there is time. This is what Jesus came to do and this is what He has accomplished for the world.

Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
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