Solus Christus – Christ Alone
“… And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
– 1 Peter 2:24
Throughout human history and with speculation into the future of human existence there stands a man who, due to his statements, accomplishments, and impact, simply cannot be ignored; his name is Jesus and he is the Christ (Matthew 16:16). Religions around the world have attempted to incorporate him because they cannot disregard him. People have tried to live in ignorance of him, but he cannot be dismissed. The story of Jesus of Nazareth has been told around the globe, and after two millennium lives continue to be transformed through the power of his person and story. A simple way to summarize Jesus’ story is by saying that he lived the life that no human could live, died the death that every human deserved to die, and was raised to life with authority to save those who call on his name for Salvation (Acts 4:11-12).
Concerning his death, Martin Luther once said, “Take this to heart and doubt not that you are the one who killed Christ. Your sins certainly did, and when you see the nails driven through his hands, be sure that you are pondering, and when the thorns pierce his brow, know that they are your evil thoughts and deeds.” At first Luther’s words sting in the soul, but when one observes what Scriptures teaches he or she will certainly find them true. By dying, Jesus guaranteed freedom from sin to those who believe. Concerning his resurrection, John Calvin stated, “… remember, at the same time, the glory of his resurrection. Thus, we know that he is life, because, in his contest with death, he obtained a splendid victory, and achieved a noble triumph.” Calvin’s commentary affirms what Jesus himself taught when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). In living, dying, and resurrecting, Jesus established the only avenue that one may take to receive Salvation.
What a treasure one has in Christ! Jonathan Edwards, a man greatly influenced by the reformers, once said concerning the worth of Christ,
“Christ is like a river. A river is continually flowing, there are fresh supplies of water coming from the fountainhead continually, so that a man may live by it, and be supplied with water all his life. So Christ is an ever-flowing fountain; he is continually supplying his people, and the fountain is not spent. They, who live upon Christ, may have fresh supplies from him to all eternity; they may have an increase of blessedness that is new, and new still, and which never will come to an end.
Do you resonate with Edwards’ words? Christ is a never-ending river full of delight! By his death, one’s sins can be removed, forgotten, lost, to never again to be spoken of! By his life, one can be counted as righteous, holy, spotless, and blameless! By his resurrection, one can know that death will not have the last word, but instead death is simply the ushering of a soul into the glory with Christ! Apart from him, none of these things can be attained, but by grace through faith in Christ one will certainly receive them in full!