QUESTION 11

 

CAN THE DEATH OF ONE (JESUS) ATONE FOR THE SINS OF ALL HUMANITY?

 

 

The fact is that Jesus did take the sin of the whole world on Himself. John the Baptist testified:

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) 

John the apostle put it this way:

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

Let us turn to Romans Chapter 5 to see the gravity one person can have on the rest. Paul here talks about two persons-Adam and Christ.

Didn't the sin of one man, Adam, affect all human beings? The apostle wrote:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Roman 5:12)

You see the act of one man, Adam, affected all of us. The reason is he was the first man on earth; he was the ruler of this planet.

When the head of the race fell, all fell with him!

Adam was no ordinary man, he was a unique one; he was shaped by God's own hand. He was different from all of us in that sense. And the second one that Paul talks about is greater than

Adam. He wrote elsewhere:

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:47)

The Lord God, the King of kings-that is who Jesus is!

If the disobedience of Adam could affect the whole human race, because of whom he was, how much more, then, the obedience of the Prince and Lord of the whole universe!

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

There is no question about whether the death of one man can save the whole world from death, when we know who that one

"Man" was!

Want to know the value of a single human being? Listen to

Jesus:

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

One single person is more worth than the wealth of the whole world, or the whole world itself with its riches, because we were made in the "image of God". Now, guess what could be the value of God Himself? Put the whole universe on one side of a balance, and put God on the other side of it, and would you think the whole universe could match the value of God? There is no price tag for God, dear friend. He is the Creator of all things. He is infinitely invaluable!

The death of Jesus, the Son of God, is more than enough, not only to save the entire human race, if needs be, to save the whole universe, and beyond! God said:

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? Saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. (Isaiah 40:25, 26)

God preferred to see His Son die the eternal death than see billions of human beings being lost forever. O! What infinite love!

A price beyond measure for the ransom of humanity, and this tiny world!