I’m sure you have noticed by now that the common response to “Thank you” has become “No problem” instead of “You’re welcome.” It’s an interesting morphing of language indicating that your request did not inconvenience me. But sometimes it doesn’t work. When I think about thanking God for my salvation I cannot imagine Him saying, “No problem.” My sins are a problem. Mankind’s sins have been, are, and will continue to be a HUGE problem. It was so big the only solution was the death of the Creator Himself. Death is the wage for sin. But if we had had to pay the price for our sins and died then we would have ceased to be forever. That was a huge problem for God because He loves us. He made us to be His companions; if we paid for our sins God would eternally miss us. The problem was immense.
The solution to God’s problem required a huge response. Someone without sin had to pay the price so we could be resurrected. If the One dying thought He was paying the price of eternal death then justice would be accomplished. Thus it was that Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” There was a separation of contact. The Father had to withdraw so Jesus could experience the price for sin – eternal death. However, if He were sinless then death had no moral right to hold Him.
Talk about a problem. This was huge. The Godhead figured out a solution for us and themselves and they did it. “On a hill faraway stood an old rugged cross.” So the next time you thank God for your salvation listen carefully and you will not hear “No problem” instead you will hear “You’re welcome.”