…you killed the Author of life… —Acts 4:15
The author sat at the table during his book signing. People were excited to have a copy of his new book signed. His works of creation in book form were in high demand. All of his works were original.
Jesus, the Author of life. He is the creator and sustainer of all life (John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:15-18: Hebrews 1:1-2). You killed Him! I killed Him! The Jews and Romans were there at the time to actually put Him to death, but it was for your sin, my sin, the Jew’s sin, the Roman’s sin, the world’s sin that He died. The gospel, the good news, is given briefly in I Corinthians 15:3-4— “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” It was for your sin, it was for my sin, it was for the world’s sin that He died. Yes, we “killed the Author of life.” Isaiah 53:4-6 foretold this and says, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Yes, Jesus died because of our sin, because of us! But, He rose from the dead, proving Himself to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). Because He has risen we also will rise from the dead ( I Corinthians chapter 15).
In James 2:10 we are told that “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” Here’s a list of the Ten Commands from Exodus chapter 20:
“1- You shall have no other gods before me.” 2- “You shall not make for yourself any carved image… you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. 3- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. 4- Remember the Sabbath day. 5- Honor your father and your mother. 6- You shall not murder. 7- You shall not commit adultery. 8- You shall not steal. 9- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 10- You shall not covet.”
All of us have broken God’s Law and it does not take long to see that. How many of us have “borne false witness” or have lied— even a so called “little white lie?” All of us have and so, according to James, that has made us guilty of breaking every other command as well. Jesus took the penalty and punishment at the cross so we would not have to IF we trust Him as Lord and Savior which will be evidenced by a changed life! If you have not trusted Him, please do now!
Dear Father, thank You that the Author of life was willing to save me and write my story so much different than the one I was writing or would be writing. Now, may I finish well right up to the last period of my life for Your honor and glory.