“This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” – I John 4:10
Okay – I know. “Propitiation” is a rather long word, at least in the English language. Let me help us discover how Jesus is our propitiation by first defining the word: “the action of…appeasing a god, spirit, or person.” That makes perfect sense! Jesus is the only way we can appease God by perfectly keeping His commands, because we sure aren’t perfect!
“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” (Galatians 4:4) He is our sinless sacrifice, Who makes us worthy before our almighty, righteous, and just God (Who cannot endure even a hint of sin in His presence). “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus…The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.’ ” (Luke 1:30,31,35)
Let us then remember what hymn writer Fanny Crosby penned, “Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory; great things He hath done”!