Monday, August 13, 2012
Who gave himself for us
Note: Got back from our trip in time to preach at CRBC yesterday and begin our new series through the book of Galatians. Here are the closing thoughts from the first message "Who gave himself for our sins" from Galatians 1:1-5:
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. In the 9/11 attacks 2,977 people from over 90 nations lost their lives. The oldest victim was 85 years of age and the youngest was two. More than 400 of the victims were the first responders, the firemen and paramedics and police officers who went into the twin towers.
When Paul wrote to the Galatians the first thing he reminds them of is the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ: “who gave himself for our sins.” Galatians stands a literary memorial to the saving work of Christ. There is one who entered into this present evil world and by giving his life redeemed a people for himself. What is more, he triumphed over death when God the Father, according to his perfect will, raised him from the dead. This is the gospel. And we can never trade this gospel for another. We can never cheapen this gospel or compromise this gospel by saying that men can be saved by any other means than the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord.