Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him-for the redemption of their souls is costly…Psalm 49:7-8
Recently, the topic in our small group was about the necessity of the atonement to have occurred as it did. The question posed to us was, “Could the atonement have happened differently? Did Jesus’ blood have to be shed?”
Having been asked this question in advance, I had a week to mull it over and was convinced that it had to happen that way only because God said it had to happen that way, but that He could have chosen a different way had He been so inclined. Once He choose His Son’s blood as the atoning sacrifice, that is the way it had to be.
In the course of our discussion that night, our small group leader made this statement:
A single one of our sins is an infinite offense against Almighty God and therefore it takes a sacrifice of infinite worth to atone for it.
I can still remember the dawning of light as God reached down and handed me a new puzzle piece. A simple truth that penetrated my heart deeply: The only sacrifice that could possibly have infinite worth is the blood of God Himself, God the Son.
That, my sisters, is pure grace!
Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.