Friday, January 20, 2012

Gardens of Scripture (Part 3)

3. THE GARDEN OF REDEMPTION – (CALVARY) We read in, John 19:41 “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulcher”. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went into this garden to save YOU from YOUR SINS.  Seeing the utterly helpless and hopeless condition of mankind through sin, the Son of God, in marvelous love, clothed Himself with humanity and became Man.  From the infinite mystery of the eternal light of heaven, He came to the simplicity and humility of a human body in order to bring man back to God.  There on the cross;

                         All our sins were laid upon Him
                        Jesus bore them on the tree
                       God who knew them, laid them on Him
                      And believing, I am free

It says in, (1 Peter 3:18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.  The divine commandment of God was, “without the shedding of blood is no remission (no forgiveness)”.  There on the cross, the Savior shed His precious blood to pay the price of our redemption.  He assumed the liability of our sins, and went willingly to the cross in order that, on it, He might, (1 Peter 2:24) “bear our sins in His own body on the tree”.  As the holy, spotless Son of God hung upon the cross, God put all our sins upon Him, and then poured out upon the Sin-Bearer all the judgment and wrath that was our rightful due.  The Savior endured all the penalty of our guilt and, by the sacrifice of Himself, accomplished all  that was necessary for the salvation of every sinner that will trust in Him, and will rest on His finished work alone for salvation. “The Garden of Redemption” became “The Garden of Resurrection” because on the third day Christ rose from the dead according to the scriptures.  God signified His approval with the work of His beloved Son by raising Him from the dead, (Hebrews 7:25) “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them”.  

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