Hebrews 12:22-24 (the message)
…You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s — a homicide that cried out for vengeance –became a proclamation of grace.
The last line of the scripture above really stopped me this morning. I immediately thought of my post from yesterday…about grace and the Cross. Wow. The murder of Jesus…became a proclamation of grace.
When we come to Jesus, the Mediator between humanity and God, we are then made just before God. God no longer judges us based on our sin, but on the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus. There is no greater proclamation of grace! Grace is not based on what we do or don’t deserve. Grace is not based on what we have to offer. It is not based on how well we kept the rules or our church attendance. Grace is not forfeited because we didn’t keep the rules nor does it take into account how many years of Sundays we missed. Grace is completely based on God’s character. He loves us so very much that He went to any cost to make a way to be with us. Sinful humanity could not be in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God, so God lowered Himself to become what He created! God, in the person of Jesus, took on human flesh and lived on the earth He formed for 33 years. God took on the problem of sin and human rebellion once and for all. What amazes me is that He did it in a way that placed the burden on Himself. Instead of zapping the human race and starting all over, God Himself took on the penalty for sin. The Cross is much, much more than an Easter story. The Cross boldly tells of God’s grace. Jesus took on sin in His death…and He crushed its power forever. Spiritual death (separation from God) is the result of sin. Jesus, when He cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” on the cross was taking on Spiritual Death in our place to forever cancel our debt. The Cross is so much more than just the physical torture and death Jesus went through. Jesus, God’s Son in the mystery of the trinity, was separated from God for the fist time ever so that we would not be.
I am not a Theologian! But I do understand, to a degree, what Jesus did for me. What He did for you. See, we need not be apart from our Creator. We need not measure out our own worthiness to determine if we should come. God already deemed you quite worthy and of value to Him as Jesus took on sin and death. In amazing victory, Jesus walked out of a tomb and lives forevermore in His glorified and resurrected body. Jesus is our go-between. Jesus makes us just before God as we place our faith in Him. We could never take the issue of sin on in our human efforts and triumph…so God took the fight out of our hands and crushed the enemy.
Do you hear the proclamation ringing loud and true through the halls of history? Jesus was murdered on the Cross…and in His sacrifice the Grace of God rained down on every man and woman for all eternity. It will never be about what we deserve. But, Grace never is.