SUNDAY STUDY: The Collision of God and Sin

From Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree …” 1 Peter 2:24.

The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God’s judgment on sin.
Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus
Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the
foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain
in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He
switched the whole of the human race back into a right
relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of
human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get
into communion with God.

The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it.
He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The
whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of
separating God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin.
The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God
became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for
the purpose of Self-realization. The Cross is the centre of Time
and of Eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both.

The Cross is not the cross of a man but the Cross of God, and
the Cross of God can never be realized in human experience.
The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway
whereby any individual of the human race can enter into union
with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it;
we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.

The centre of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it
is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much.
The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a
crash and the way to life is opened — but the crash is on the
heart of God.