Day: October 30, 2011

The End Is Known

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

As a boy, I liked to read stories. I had a habit of reading the last pages first to see what happened to the villain. I wanted to make sure that he got it in the neck. Then I would start at the beginning and, although my hero was often up to his ears in trouble and sometimes it looked as though he wouldn’t last through the next page, I would say under my breath, “Cheer up! Everything’s all right. I’ve known the end from the beginning.” And no matter how the villain swaggered, and although it looked sometimes as though he had it made, I’d say, “If only you knew what I know! Your goose is cooked from the start!”

I have a Bible that tells me where we came from and where we’re going. If I open it at some places, it looks as though the devil were sure to win.

Substitution

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

He hath made Him to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God. . . — 2 Corinthians 5:.21

The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy. The New Testament view is that He bore our sin not by sympathy, but by identification. He was made to be sin. Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the explanation of His death is His obedience to His Father, not His sympathy with us. We are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, or because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and in no other way. We say that Jesus Christ came to reveal the Fatherhood of God, the loving-kindness of God; the New Testament says He came to bear away the sin of the world. The revelation of His Father is to those to whom He has been introduced as Saviour. Jesus Christ never spoke of Himself to the world as one Who revealed the Father, but as a stumbling block (see John 15:22- 24). John 14:9 was spoken to His disciples.