The cross is God’s answer to “our need”—to our chosen, fallen, and imperfect state. In the fullness of time God would send Jesus to die on the cross so we could be redeemed to Him once again. God still had fellowship in mind for us, but it had to come another way and it would not be automatic as before. Now it would have to be chosen. God will fellowship with those who chose Him over Satan, and choose to be obedient to Him. Those who don’t wish to have a relationship with Him are free not to have one; though, God makes every effort to turn the heart of man to Himself. Jesus died to atone for our sin, not only to wash us clean from our filthy sinful state, but for our benefit too. God had a two-fold objective. One was for mankind’s benefit and the other was for God’s benefit.
“For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:7-9).
We see here that Christ not only died for our sin, but He once again establishes His lordship over our lives. We receive cleansing and He receives us back as His own possession. God is interested in getting mankind back, not just in washing his sins clean.
If you desire to be back in God’s graces…just ask Him to take you. To wash you clean and to be His child. Nothing is so refreshing than to turn from what doesn’t work, to what does. Jesus and the cross is what works. Period.
Excerpt from my new book “A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.” Coming soon on Amazon.com.