Q & A: What Does Reverend Deal Say?
‘Can we lay down our lives for the brothers?’
Question: What was so special about the death of Jesus Christ?
Answer: Jesus shedding precious blood on the cross was a price paid for the deliverance from sin. Jesus’ death was a ransom for mankind to enter into eternity with God. A ransom is a payment buying back a person from captivity. Jesus’ death was a loosing of the bonds, thus setting the prisoners free by paying a price – His precious blood. Jesus’ death was a propitiation for our sins. Propitiation in this case means that Christ’s death propitiated the wrath of God (soothes or pardons) and an atonement for Man’s sins.
Jesus’ death was a reconciliation to God by the blood on the cross. We were thrust into God’s will. Jesus’ death was a substitution for us. His life was given instead of another. The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all. God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us. In other words, Jesus suffered life for us that He did not live personally. What a love story this is. Can we lay down our lives for the brethren that we know not? 1 John 3:16 says,” By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (NKJV).
Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rev Deal can be reached at the Westside Gazette, 545 NW Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at David.email@example.com