December 14, 2022 – Wednesday
Why Jesus Came – 5
Romans 5:8-10 NIV
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Why did Jesus come? So God could demonstrate His love for us. God did not wait until we had repented and turned from sin which we could never successfully do on our own. No, while we were still sinners, He sent Jesus to die for us.
There was more to it as well. Jesus died for us and we are justified (made right before God) by His blood and this justification (covering of our sins) saves us from God’s wrath. And it is a wonderful thing that Jesus did, as before as sinners we were God’s enemies, choosing to live our lives doing anything but living Godly lives.
Thus, Jesus died to reconcile us to the Father, His Father. This is not simply for when we die, but also for the here and now. Because we are reconciled to the Father, we want to live differently and do live differently than we did before.
Now as a loving Father, He corrects us and our behavior to lead us to a more Godly life. As in Proverbs 3:12, the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. As we turn from sin and lead a different life Proverbs 23:24 likely describes how God views us, The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
Our view of the Father changes as well. We see and acknowledge Him as loving and caring as well as wanting the best for our eternal souls. He listens to our earnest and reverent prayers and watches how we treat and care for the less fortunate (see Acts 10:3-4).
Bottom Line: Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father in this life and the next.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Why You care so much for us remains a mystery, but being aware of Your incredible love, patience, long suffering, and mercy is obvious in Your word and in Your Son tells us You do. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton