Somebody Has to Pay!
John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
We have a natural desire for justice. When someone commits a crime we say, “They’ve got to pay. They’ve got to do the time.” But it’s not just a concept for us in today’s society. Every tribe, every culture in every period of history has had this same atonement mentality. It is intrinsically woven into the very fabric and framework of who we are by God. He has the same need and desire for justice.
When we sin God says, “Somebody has got to pay. Somebody has got to do the time for your crimes against me.” God can’t wink at sin – he can’t look in its direction. So if we were to individually pay for our own sin, we would have to be eternally separated from God.
But the good news is that Jesus Christ has already paid for our sin – yours and mine. He took the punishment for our inequities on the cross two thousand years ago. All we have to do to be welcomed by God is accept what Christ did as a gift and bow our knee to him as our Savior. Once we do that, our sins are no longer part of us, they are taken away. It is then that God can look at us and see the righteousness and purity of Christ.
Don’t convince yourself that you can pay for your own sins and still know God. Instead, thank God that he provided another way for his justice to be met. Thank God for allowing Jesus Christ to stand in the place of your punishment. Then bow your knee to him and welcome him as your Savior.