In Matthew 26, the Bible describes how just before He went to the cross, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Facing the inconceivable agony of the wrath of God that was deserved for all the sins of world, Jesus asked that if there were any other way to bring about salvation, that God would let this torture pass by Him. He prayed this same thing three times, and it should be instructive to us that after He finished this prayer, He went ahead to the cross. What’s so important about this episode is that it demonstrates to us that there was indeed NO OTHER WAY of salvation than that God had to give His Son. Had there been any other alternative, in the face of the fervent pleading of Jesus, God the Father would have given it. But there was no other way, and Jesus went to the cross to die, bearing our sins in His body.
Last Sunday we saw how God loved the world so much “that He GAVE” — He didn’t merely “say” He loved us; He demonstrated it by giving the gift that would make us right with Him. All the sacrifices that mankind tries to make to put us right with God are not sufficient. There was only ONE sacrifice that would suffice, and that is what we are going to look at today, the one gift that would save: “His Only Begotten Son.” Just Who was this gift, and why did it have to be Him and Him only who could save us? Continue reading