Kelly Gissendaner is the only woman on death row in the prison system in Georgia. Despite pleas from her children and other anti-death penalty proponents, Kelly Gissendaner faces execution by lethal injection for planning and encouraging the murder of her husband by her former lover. Shortly after the 1997 incident, continual efforts have been made to prevent Mrs. Gissendaner from being executed. All would agree now for Mrs. Gissendaner’s need for He who is the Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins.
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1 John 2:2 tells us that “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” One may wonder who the “He” is referring. The Word of God leaves no doubt who the “He” is.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2
Jesus, the Righteous One, is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Like Mrs. Gissendaner, man is facing a death sentence. Romans 6:23 says that “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Not only does man face a death penalty, he faces that alone separated from God because of man’s sins. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 Since we face a lonely death, what hope do we have? Jesus, for He is the Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins.
If we fail to trust in the fact that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who was born of a virgin, suffered, died, buried and was raised to sit at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, we are without hope of atonement for our sins. Look at these other verses that support Jesus’ atoning role.
Romans 3:25 – God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
1 John 4:10 – This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Leviticus 16:10 – But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.
Psalm 65:3 – When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.
Hebrews 2:17 – For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 9:28 – so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Has God hidden His face from you or is Jesus returning to bring salvation to you? You know how you have positioned yourself in relation to God. You are either for Him or against Him. If you are for Him, you are following Him progressively surrendering ares of your life to obedience to Him. If you are against Him, you are living your life as you or others see fit. You do not surrender your will to follow Jesus. He is the Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins.
Trust Jesus so that He can make amends for you with God. Otherwise, your pleas for mercy will go unheard and the final portion of your death sentence will be executed upon His return.