One of the most enduring storylines in all of history is that of a hero who is willing to be sacrificed (either by dying or by losing something very valuable) in order to save others. This scenario has played out in many works of literature, film, and TV. You might recall the sacrifices of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, George Kirk in Star Trek, the lion Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, the Jedi in Star Wars, Batman in The Dark Knight, or Steve Rogers in Captain America: the First Avenger. The list could go on.
One of the most vivid depictions of this familiar tale was portrayed in this year’s midseason finale of Fox’s Batman prequel show, Gotham. In the episode, a group of monks kidnap a young Bruce Wayne and tell him that he is “the anointed redeemer” of his family. The leader of the monks tells the future-Batman that ‘the sins of the Wayne family will be washed away in his blood.’ He believes that the sacrifice of the last surviving member of the Wayne family will wash away ‘seven generations of vice and corruption.’ Of course, in the end, Bruce Wayne is saved from certain death, but the idea that one person’s sacrifice can absolve the sins of many others is very powerful.
Why are we drawn to such stories and compelled to tell them over and over again? C.S. Lewis, who was also a well-educated anthropologist (a person who studies humanity), believed the vast multitude of stories regarding a hero who is sacrificed for the benefit of others which have come down to us throughout history are a reflection of a single, ultimate truth: that there really is a Hero who sacrificed Himself for the good of all humanity. He believed this truth was found in the story of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth in the form of a man to pay for the sins of the whole world. According to God’s standards, the penalty of sin is death — the shedding of blood. For hundreds of years, God allowed people to atone for (or make amends for) their sins by sacrificing and shedding the blood of an animal such as a lamb. However, this shedding of blood was only a temporary solution to man’s sinfulness. Every time a person sinned, they had to go and sacrifice another lamb or goat.
When Jesus Christ came to Earth, He was heralded as the ‘Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.’ When Jesus Christ was whipped and crucified, He shed His holy blood as God poured out his divine wrath on His own Son in order to make it possible for us to be saved from our sins and the eternal consequences of sin. The Bible says that God saw the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross — God saw Jesus’ blood being poured out — and He was satisfied.
God sees Jesus’ sacrifice and bloodshed as sufficient payment for each and every one of us no matter how much wrong we have done. Simply put, Jesus Christ had atoned for the sins of the whole world. As Michael Houdmann, the founder of GotQuestions.org states, “The blood of Christ has the power to atone for an infinite number of sins committed by an infinite number of people throughout the ages, and all whose faith rests in that blood will be saved.”
If you have not accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for your sins, here is how you can do that today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!