God is a doing God. God is a God who keeps his Word. If He decides to do something, He doesn’t throw in the towel at the halfway mark. When He realises how huge the act is and how much it will demand of Him, He doesn’t reconsider and go against his Word.
Jesus is like that too.
Jesus knew exactly what He had to do on earth. He knew He had to die on the cross for a whole bunch of sinners. He wanted to do it. He had so much love for his brothers and sisters that He wanted to do it. And he persevered.
Even when He hung on the cross and suffered so much, He did not turn around and said it was too horrible, too much. When He hung from the nails in pain and He felt as if everybody had left Him, even his Father, He did not strike the mat with his hand like wrestlers do, to surrender. No, He pushed on and struggled through the darkness of hell. So that you and I can be free.
Jesus is a doing God. Jesus doesn’t stop at talking. Jesus doesn’t stop at promises. No, Jesus does, even if it’s at the cost of his life.
For a bunch of sinners like us this is the best news ever!
14He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.
This reminds me of the story of a man who lost his head. He was doing very well financially. He had a thriving business. But the more he earned, the more he spent. Eventually, he ended up at the casino almost every night.
Everything flowed freely, especially the money. He was everybody’s pal. It was so good.
Until the day his business went through a hard time. But he continued to gamble with his “friends” at the casino every night. He didn’t worry about the money running out and borrowed from each and everybody.
Until the first creditor knocked on his door. By then it was too late. He owed millions and millions. He was on his way to prison as punishment for his stupid, stupid life.
And as the many creditors queued at his front door, a young man came driving up in his ordinary car. At the front door he set up a small table and pulled up a chair. He asked the first creditor what amount the man owed him. It was a six-figure amount.
The man at the table pulled out his tablet. Asked the creditor’s banking details and deposited the amount right there.
He did the same with each creditor.
In a way, this is exactly what Jesus did on earth. He came to pay our debt for us. Jesus paid the debt that you and I accumulated with all the wrong things we did.