But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished- he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
This is a sacrifice, a sacred level of sacrifice, which I admit I don’t really understand. I only know it was an event which allowed scripture to be fulfilled and which allowed us the promise of eternal life with God. It was a sacrifice which set right our relationship with God. It was a sacrifice which provided forgiveness of all of our sins. We only need accept Christ as our savior. It was a sacrifice of Himself, allowed at the hands of angry men and women.
Holy One, I have done nothing worthy of this sacrifice. I am still a sinner, no matter how hard I try to be a better person. I am counting on your love and forgiveness and promises, which give my life meaning. Amen