THE WEDNESDAY WORD: The Welcoming Christ #1
by Miles McKee
In the Old Testament, the blood was always upon the mercy seat. It was there, night and day, year in and year out. So it is with Jesus our Mercy seat (Rom 3:25). There is never a time when He is not there. There is never a time when He is unable or unwilling to welcome us.
We are welcome at all times! Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and was welcome. The Samaritan woman came to Him at mid-day and was also welcome. There’s never a bad time to go to Jesus. And do you know whom He welcomes? The answer is simple; He welcomes, “Him that cometh” (John 6:37). Every one of His people, from every race and tribe in the world whether big or small, young or old, is welcome. Male and female are welcome, rich and poor are welcome. The trembling woman who touched the hem of His garment was welcome. Zacchaeus, the greedy little tax collector hiding up the tree, was welcome. The weary and distressed are welcome; the thirsty and the hungry are welcome. Every type and category of people is welcome.
Someone says, “I know I was welcome when I first came to Him, but since then, I’ve failed Him badly.” Listen, no matter how you have failed Him, His word is “Come to Me” (Matt 11:28) and “He that comes to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). The blood has been shed (Heb 9:22), your sins have been put away (Heb 9:26)— you are welcome!
There is no mercy seat and no throne of grace other than Jesus Himself. The reason for this is that it was Christ alone who, in order to welcome us, bore the curse of the broken law in our place. Galatians 3:13 tells us that, at the cross, Christ redeemed us having become a curse for us. This is strange language. He became a curse for us! It doesn’t say that the cross was cursed or that His death was a curse, but that He Himself became a curse. This means that our curse, the very curse we deserved for having broken and defied the inflexible law of God, was visited upon our substitute. Christ consumed the wrath of God for us. He took our penal judgment. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, in his expository sermons on Galatians, gives us some beautiful gospel insight into Galatians 3:10-13. He says:
“There is a beautiful story in three prepositions here, which many have commented upon. Gal 3:10 says, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse.” I am ‘under’ the curse. Then in the 13th verse we read, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” The word “for” is a Greek preposition which really has the idea of ‘over’. So here am I ‘under’ the curse, but Christ has been made a curse for us, ‘over us’, so that now he has intervened between the curse and myself, so that the curse, when it falls, falls upon him and it does not fall upon me. Further, he has just said, “Christ hath redeemed us ‘from’ the curse of the Law,” a preposition that means ‘out from.’ So that as a result of the curse falling upon him, I am out from under the curse. Beautiful theology in three prepositions, ‘under’, ‘over’, ‘out (from)’.
Only three Greek prepositions translated as, ‘Under’, ‘Over’ and ‘Out From’, yet what a wealth of good news. It has all been accomplished by one man, the God/Man who is our only refuge. Because of His doing and dying we are guaranteed of a warm and rich welcome at the throne of grace.
And that’s the Gospel Truth
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