Friday, April 6, 2012
"Being limited in knowledge, Satan did not see God's plan to use the cross for redemption or to follow it by a resurrection....If this were a cosmic chess match, Satan is about to declare checkmate. He has one final pawn to move into place....Events in history may appear to be out of control. The mounting forces of evil are gathering darkness on the horizon, but Jesus has already declared checkmate. "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God" (John 13:3)
Jesus was offered by God as a substitute to pay the guilt of our sin. He is qualified to be the sacrifice for our sin because he was unlike any person who had ever walked the earth: he was without sin....The death of Jesus was the purchase price of our life. We have been bought back."
-Excerpts from Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden