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_RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL_ *HE PAID IT ALL.* FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH
_*The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29)*_
Perhaps you’re familiar with this beautiful song that encapsulates the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ in our behalf: _*“He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song, amazing grace; Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay….”*_ Yes, indeed, He paid the full penalty for our sins!
When Adam disobeyed God, the inevitable consequence was spiritual death (Genesis 2:17), which is total severance or separation from God. The Bible says, _*“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”*_ (Romans 5:12). However, God immediately introduced the sacrifice of bulls and goats as atonement for sin. This was the order with the children of Israel in the Old Testament, for without the shedding of blood, there couldn’t be remission for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Nevertheless, the Bible lets us know that the sacrifice of bulls and goats couldn’t take away sin: _*“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins”*_ (Hebrews 10:4). God then activated a grand plan for man’s total salvation by sending Jesus Christ. Man’s salvation was consummated when Jesus Christ—the Lamb of God—was offered to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The Bible calls Him _*“the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”*_
By His death on the Cross, Jesus bore our sins and washed them away with His blood, once and for all time! He paid the ultimate price for sin, which man had incurred without a means of settlement. Hebrews 9:12 says, _*“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood.
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