1 Peter 1:18-19
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
The Bible declares us sinners (Romans 3:23). The Bible says that the wages of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23). With that knowledge, there is a very important step for every person to take. We all need an awareness of that truth applied to yourself. Whether you will admit it or not you need salvation. In John 3:16-18, the Bible states that Jesus’ incarnation was not the cause of our condemnation. His incarnation was purposed to provide salvation to people already under God’s condemnation. Do you see the reason Christ came? It wasn’t ultimately to set an example.
Don’t misunderstand, Jesus is our example in every way. But, more than a Person to mimic, Jesus’ purpose was intended for you to place all your hope in Him. The primary reason for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were to redeem, to set free all who will look upon Him for salvation. Well, to the world the church says, “God has provided salvation.”
There are three aspects of this salvation that I want us to understand: redemption, righteousness, and reconciliation. Jesus’ incarnation, perfectly righteous life, death, and resurrection were to ransom the Church from the wrath of God. That ransom was needed to redeem us because of the justice of God. The righteousness of God demands that every sin is punished. And Christ made exact payment for all the sins of every person who would ever believe upon Him.
So, in Christ, we can have all our sins removed and all our debt to the justice of God paid. But, we need more than that and God provides it. We need righteousness. Romans 1:16-17, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
The gospel is all about God giving us, in full, the righteousness we need—His righteousness. We can do nothing to earn it. We did nothing to deserve it. It is a gift from God to all who will accept it. God removes our debt by the blood of Christ. God gives us His righteousness by the life of Christ. God declares the victory of both by the resurrection of Christ. And the sum total of this equals reconciliation with God.
Reconciliation defines a relationship gone horribly wrong by the human race and made eternally and immutably right by God. This is the need of every single person—reconciliation with God. Everyone who looks to Christ has it. Reconciliation is never just a verdict declared. It is a relationship changed for the good of the persons involved. It sweetens the relationship so our words change regarding the relationship. Our actions change regarding the relationship. It is noticed by ourselves and others. That is the nature of reconciliation. And all this is ours in Jesus Christ.