"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 CORINTHIANS 5:21)
J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), an evangelical minister of the Church of England, was a prolific writer, faithful pastor, and husband of three wives (widowed three times). In a sermon entitled “Are You Looking?” he wrote these words:
“[We see] the eternal Son of God suffering, bleeding, agonizing, dying, in order to pay your soul’s debt and make satisfaction for your sins. …Nothing but Christ’s atonement on the cross can ever clear up these
things… Your own …repentance and amendment, your own morality and regularity, your own church-going and sacrament-receiving, your own Bible-reading and your prayers, your own almsgiving and your charities – what are they all but a huge mass of imperfection? …As grounds of acceptance with God, they are worthless rubbish… they cannot bear the weight of your sins… Rest on nothing but Christ crucified, and the atonement He made for you on Calvary.”
As a child I used to feel guilty and sad on Good Friday. But today I know it was the greatest day in history, the day when all my sins were washed away.
LOOK TO JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH.