“A son will be given to us” (Isaiah 9.6).
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3.16). Jesus is the Son given (grace). He is the gift of God who Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3.16a). Jesus is the Son given to us.
2 Corinthians 5.21 (mentioned in yesterday’s post) tells us that the Father made the Son who knew no sin to be sin for us. He stood in our place and absorbed the wrath of God that we deserve. He drained every dreg of judgment in the cup of indignation. He did this not for Himself but for you and for me. He died and was buried in a tomb. Then, on the third day He arose!
The Father raised up the Son, Jesus our Lord, from the dead. Jesus was the Son given to us for our offenses and the Son raised with a view toward our justification (Romans 4.25). If this offends you, it is only because you desire a life that is independent. You are not willing to humble yourself before your Creator. Salvation is all of grace. You will either receive it freely and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ or you will seek to be the master of your own fate. Many such have come before you and many will come after you. All meet with eternal punishment and perdition. There is only one perfect Savior. His name is Jesus Christ. Freely receive Him!