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Apr

28

2010

Who But Jesus Alone?

From whatever angle we look upon his sacrifice we find its uniqueness to be as inviolable as the uniqueness of his person, of his mission, and of his office. Who is God-man but he alone? Who is great high priest to offer such sacrifice but he alone? Who shed such vicarious blood but he alone? Who entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption, but he alone?

[John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1955), 56.]

The death of Jesus was a unique thing never to be repeated either by him or by any one else. It was not just a vague demonstration of sacrifice and love just like a soldier jumping on a grenade for another soldier. It was unique. It accomplished something objectively in history and is complete, final.

Nobody else has done this but Jesus alone. Who has born our sin but Jesus alone? Who was sinless and able to bear the sins of others but Jesus alone? Who took the penalty of divine wrath for others but Jesus alone? Who has provided reconciliation with our Maker and Judge but Jesus alone? Who has redeemed but Jesus alone.

Only he could do it. Only he did it. He did it for us, in our stead, in order that we might be brought to God to be loved by him and to love him forever. 

While other religions offer a law and a list, Jesus Christ offers redemption, divine accomplishment.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

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