Check out Galatians 1:3-5
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.
All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)
Often, when I think about salvation, I think in terms of “sin and forgiveness”. I can understand, in a legal sense, the “transaction” of the cross – the righteous for the unrighteous.
Paul, here, is pointing out something else (something bigger?).
Jesus was on a rescue mission.
His purpose was the rescue of my soul, my life, my future – of me. And you.
Jesus and my sin met, on a cross, two thousand years ago. With unflinching determination and fixed purpose, in those three dark hours and during those three dark days, He dealt with my sin, in its totality.
He finished the work of redemption. Period. Then He arose.
Jesus is interested – in me. So He did the thing that I could not do – and by His own sacrifice – by His own power – and because of His great love – He rescued me.
This was the Father’s will – my rescue and His Son’s glory – forever.