by Stephen Whitney

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Forgiveness Offered (1 of 4)
Series: Sayings from the Cross
Stephen Whitney
Luke 23:32-37

God is absolutely and completely holy without even a hint of sin. I John 1:5 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

The holiness of God requires that He punish sin which is really rebellion against His authority. British Theologian P.T. Forsyth wrote, ''Sin is the defiance of (rebellion against) God's holiness.''

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God put them out of the garden as punishment for rebelling against his authority. He had told them they could eat of every tree, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When they disobeyed his command he had to punish them for their disobedience.

Because God is holy he has to punish every one of us for our sins. He would have to send every person to eternal punishment for him to be just and to uphold his holiness. Because he loves us so much he decided to have his only Son die in our place so we could be forgiven of our sins instead of being punished for them.

II Corinthians 5:21 God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.

Matthew Henry wrote, ''He was made sin; not a sinner, but sin, that is, a sin-offering, a sacrifice for sin.'' John 1:29 John called Jesus, ''The Lamb of God . . .''

PHYSICAL SUFFERING :32-33 Criminals :32 Jesus was taken away to be crucified with two other men who were convicted criminals even though Pilate had declared him to be innocent of any charges which were made against him (:14).

It was the deliberate purpose of the Romans to crucify Jesus because it would make him look like a criminal himself. This was done to fulfill the prophecy about his death. Isaiah 53:12 He was numbered with the transgressors. The Roman authorities treated Jesus just like he was a criminal to please the religious leaders even though Pilate was convinced he was innocent. This showed that he identified with sinners ...

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