A little boy was supposed to be busy about his chores but instead was just looking out the window at other children at play. When his mother came in the room, she said, "Why aren't you working?" The boy said, "I didn't know you were coming!" He might have been caught off guard, but at least he was honest.
Several times in the scriptures Jesus introduces Himself as the "I Am". Such statements as: "I am the bread of life", "I am the light of the world", "Before Abraham was born, I am", "I am the good shepherd", "I am the door", "I am the resurrection and the life", "I am the way, the truth, and the life", and "I am the true vine" (John chapters 6,8,10,11, 14,15). Each of these statements present a spiritual truth concerning our Lord and Savior. Let us remember that Christ presented Himself in life and on the cross voluntarily. No one without His consent took His life, He laid it down of His own accord. It was a sacrifice given on our behalf.
Sometimes when explaining or defending our actions we simply say, "well, that's the way I am" or perhaps in speaking about others we say, "that's the way they are". In other words the actions are true to their character or nature. You kind of know what to expect from certain individuals in different circumstances, whether it be good or not so good. The gospel is centered around the good news of Jesus Christ. Through the gospel all are presented with the opportunity for forgiveness (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:36-42). This hope is very real, being a part of what was promised to come under the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:8-12). The book of Acts is an account of the spread of the gospel and thus forgiveness from Jerusalem to Rome. People of every condition found forgiveness through obedience to the blessed gospel of Christ.
Why would Christ offer this to all men, to even those who had a part in His crucifixion? Because it is true to His nature. That's who He is. One may wonder, can or will Christ forgive me of my sins? Why did He die on the cross for me? Because that's who He is! He stands ready to receive all who will come.
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