“ ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ “ (Revelation 5:12, NKJV).
Key Thought: The Triune God is not only our Creator, He’s our Redeemer, as well.
Closely related to God as Creator is His role as our Redeemer. Sin is so bad, so deadly, so hostile to the created world, that only the Creator Himself could solve the problem. And He did, in the person of Jesus Christ.“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13, NKJV). Not through works, not through anything we could ever do, but through His grace, manifest at the Cross, can we as sinners be redeemed by the Lord and be “brought near” to Him. Christ bore God’s wrath so that none of us would ever, ideally, have to. That, in essence, is the plan of salvation.
Paul also tells the church in Corinth that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18, NKJV). The scandal of the Cross is that it appears so absurd to human thinking: God, the infinite, holy Creator, becomes a sacrifice for the sake of twisted human souls, even His avowed enemies, taking upon Himself the penalty for their sins so that they wouldn’t have to face that penalty themselves! Hard to fathom, isn’t it? The atonement is so deep, so heavy, so profound that we grasp only what we can. Beyond that, thinking stops, and all we can do is worship.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, January 21.