A 33-year-old Frenchman was nailed to a cross in the patio of a plush (luxurious) hotel in the Dominican Republic as his “contribution to salvation and peace among mankind.” He wanted to hang there for 3 days, but within 24 hours he was so weak that he was forced to give up his plan. Even before that, the cross had to be laid horizontally on the ground to alleviate his suffering. It was obvious to all that he couldn’t continue to endure the terrible ordeal he had imposed on himself.
The failure of this man’s “sacrifice” stands in striking contrast to the unique atoning work of the Lord Jesus, who truly became “the author of eternal salvation” (Hebrews 5:9). The writer of Hebrews explained that Christ is our High Priest forever, interceding continually before God’s throne on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25). As God in the flesh, He alone could become our substitute and offer Himself as a sacrifice for sins “once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). No other human being is able to take “this honor to himself” (Hebrews 5:4).
Throughout history, many have claimed to be the Messiah. But Jesus Christ is in a class by Himself – and He died on Calvary’s cross for you. Have you trusted in the crucified and risen Savior? If not, do so today! – Mart De Haan
Won’t you accept this dear Savior?
For time is swift passing away;
There’s no one to save you but Jesus,
There’s no other way but His way. – Hunter
Only God’s gift can erase man’s guilt.
- August 12, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread