Can we hear it too often? We are born sinners, and as such we willfully choose to sin continually. We relentlessly violate God’s holy commandments. Consequently every last one of us rightfully deserves eternal condemnation.
We have enormous difficulty believing this truth about ourselves. Most of us can understand why the Lord would damn an ISIS terrorist, a child molester or a serial killer, but we figure that our sins are inconsequential in comparison. We ignore the truth that the Lord, rather than comparing us to each other, actually compares us to Himself. Not one of us, at least if we’re honest with ourselves, can dare to hope that we can measure up to His standard of holiness.
But God graciously sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve! When we accept the vile truth about ourselves, understanding that we merit only death and hell, we find wonderful relief in His sacrifice. And we marvel at all He voluntary suffered in order to redeem wretches like us. We then come to Him in adoration, astounded by His willingness to take the condemnation belonging to us. Hallelujah! What a Savior!