God is a God of commitment. Making a commitment is making a solemn pledge, and it requires taking responsibility for keeping that commitment. When a person signs any kind of contract he commits himself to the terms of that contract. If somebody is offered a job, and he accepts it, he commits himself to all that doing that job entails.
“What does the crucifixion mean to me?” is about as profound as any question could be. Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ went to the cross and died in order to pay the debt for our sins. We are all sinners (Rom. 3:9-10, 23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). The scriptures state that God “made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). The sense of this verse is that Christ bore all the guilt of all sins for all people for all time on Himself on the cross. What incredible love, what an incredible sacrifice!
How does one adequately explain God’s grace? It’s impossible! A technical definition that has been used for many years defines grace as “God’s unmerited (unearned) favor, His loving kindness toward man.” A popular acronym describes it as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” A succinct statement declares, “All God, no me!” Those are all good attempts, but they still come up short.
Moses asked the question, “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness…” (Ex. 15:11). It’s a rhetorical question; there is no one like God! In Hannah’s prayer, she stated, “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You…” (1 Sam. 2:2). To say, “He is holy” is almost a needless statement, except to give Him glory and praise thereby. God is holy by nature.
Gary L. Hutchens