The sacrifice made by Christ caused him to suffer humiliation and pain.
The Savior of mankind was subjected to illegal trials, mocking, beatings, being spit upon and, finally, crucifixion on the cross.
He was tried by both Jewish and Roman courts. Pilate, who could have set Christ free, chose to please the crowds rather than release the one who was innocent of all charges.
Christ endured all these things to be the sacrifice for mankind. What a paradox this picture is — one of cruelty and wickedness, yet one of love and mercy.
Mankind sees the great love God has (John 3:16). Realizing what a sacrifice was made for mankind should cause one to want to take advantage of the salvation offered by God. The spiritual promise of all families being blessed through Abraham came in the form of Jesus Christ being born in this world, living among men, dying on the cross and rising on the third day (Galatians 3:6-29).
By obedience to the Gospel of Christ, all men can be saved — that is a promise from God. Paul wrote, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began, but hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior” (Titus 1:2, 3).
If one will have faith in God, repent of sins, confess the name of Jesus as God’s Son before men, submit to baptism in water for the remission of sins and live according to God’s word, a person can have salvation.
Under the Law of Moses, animal sacrifices were made for the sins of the people. However, the Hebrew writer stated, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). In order for mankind to be able to have this forgiveness that was needed, the blood of Christ had to be shed. This sacrifice was willingly made by the Savior.
“For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28); “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Knowing God’s love should cause all men to want to follow his word and obey it. However, many refuse. This is a terrible mistake, for as sure as his promise of eternal life is true, so is his vow of eternal damnation to those who fail to follow him.
“Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
The sad fact is that many are living lives that are going to lead to their destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). They refuse to obey the Gospel, which is the way of salvation (Romans 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 8). Paul wrote that the Gospel saves (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Some men believe their teaching is greater than God’s, but it is not (Matthew 15:9). Should not it be God who decides the requirements of admission to his kingdom? He provided the way, the light and the sacrifice — Christ (John 14:6 and 1:4-5; Hebrews 10:10).
God has given the greatest sacrifice. Accept his offer of salvation and follow his word.