Supposing this (journal/book) represents your life, and every wrong thing you have ever done or thought or said is recorded in it. – There are many dark pages in my own book that I don’t want you to know about. – Now supposing this (left palm) is you and the ceiling represents God. And between us and God is this book, this barrier; the record of our sin! – SIN SEPERATES US FROM GOD. Because God is pure and holy and just, He has to punish sin, otherwise He wouldn’t be true to His nature: He wouldn’t be just. That’s what happened on the cross: Jesus took the punishment we deserve upon himself. Now supposing this (right palm) is Jesus. There was nothing separating Jesus from God. You remember the voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Jesus is God’s perfect sacrifice for sinful man. There was nothing separating Jesus from God. But on the cross a transfer took place. Jesus took our sin (our book) upon himself and God laid the punishment we deserve on his Son. That’s why, just before he died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (the debt is paid). And for those of us who trust in Jesus; who accept the cross and what Jesus accomplished for us, well let me ask you, what now stands in the way of us and God? Nothing. That’s right! Jesus has opened the way for us to receive forgiveness, for us to know God personally and to be in relationship with him.
Adapted from Christianity Explained, New Malden, Surrey: The Good Book Company