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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ALL THINGS GIVEN

Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

          We have some interesting words in this verse: Spare, gave up, graciously. The He that Paul is speaking of is obviously Almighty God. This is much easier to see in context. Sparing someone is simply to refrain or relieve the need of doing this or that. So God didn’t refrain from giving up His own Son, Jesus Christ, for all of mankind. What did He give Jesus up for? Death -And not just any death, a cruel, torturous death. It was a death that involved 39 lashes that tore His flesh. It was a death that saw half inch Judean thorns beaten down into His scalp and forehead. It was a death that saw Him carry His own vehicle of death through the streets of Jerusalem up to Golgotha’s hill. There He was nailed to the cross He carried and hung there before God and man to suffer, bleed and die. The words gave Him up don’t seem to do this supreme act of love justice.
          Paul is telling the Roman believers that they are more than conquerors in all things. That God will not withhold any good thing from them who love and serve Him. The fact that He did all this for us graciously shouldn’t be any surprise to us. The gracious comes from the root word grace and we all know what grace is: unmerited or undeserved favor. God, in all His love and mercy, gave us a way of escape from our own sinfulness. He sent His own Son to the cross to die for the multitude of sins we had committed. Think of the weight of all those sins. We are not speaking of the sins of one man, but rather the entirety of mankind. The sins of billions and billions of souls down through the ages, crossing the span of time, were heaped upon Him. The weight of that must have been excruciating; the agony of being separated from God for even a moment must have been horrifying. However, He willingly gave Himself up. God, the Father, didn’t have to force Jesus to go to the cross. In His humanity, Christ did ask if there was any way the cup of wrath could be taken from Him, however, He quickly relented and acquiesced to the Father’s will.
          If our God would not spare His own Son a cruel death, would He not give us anything we needed and required for provision and sustenance in this life. Christ had to do what He did for it was the only way to expunge all the sin in existence. His blood is the only red that can turn something white. God will enable you to do that which is required of you and you shall be victorious in His name.

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