You Are Not Alone In Your Exclusion

On the cross, Jesus cried out a mystifying question: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

A question worth considering!  Why did God allow His only Son to die in disgrace?

The answer is this: God forsook Jesus for us.

The Father’s love for you was so great that He traded His only Son for you.

Jesus was excluded, so that you might be included.  Jesus was killed, that you might live.  Your sin was given to Jesus and everything that was His in His humanity became yours through faith: His righteousness, His place in His Father’s family, His glory.

You inherit all of this by believing that His death was sufficient for you.

Through His own exclusion, Jesus has accomplished your inclusion in God’s family.  You no longer have to fear God.  God is no longer far from you.  Your heavenly Father loves you.  And why?  Because of the work of Jesus alone.

This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington, LA.  For more, listen here or subscribe to our podcast here.

2 thoughts on “You Are Not Alone In Your Exclusion”

  1. Jason, Interesting. You wrote: “Your heavenly Father loves you. And why? Because of the work of Jesus alone.” did the Father not love us before the incarnation and cross? Wasn’t it the love of the Father for us that had him send the Son to die for us? If we can talk about it in that way.

    I think you agree because you also said “The Father’s love for you was so great that He traded His only Son for you.” Thus the Father loved us so much that he sent His one and only Son to die for us.


    1. Hey Carl! Thanks for commenting, my man.

      You’re right that I do agree. God’s love precedes our response to His love. That final section in the blog is all attempting to communicate this:

      Because of Jesus…
      …we are included in the family of God.
      …we no longer sit under God’s wrath or need fear Him.
      …we can expect nothing from Him but love.

      Jesus has completed the work of reconciliation. Began with grace and ends with grace.

      Does that clarify a bit? I can see how the rhetorical nature of the sermon may not equate to prose.

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