This is one of the greatest texts in the Bible describing the redemption found only through the shed blood of Christ. Redemption is a term describing a release of slaves by payment of a ransom. It is Christ making right our relationship with the Father. We are bought at the price of the perfect Lamb being sacrificed on our behalf. Christ offered Himself by His own volition and with a full understanding of the necessity and consequences of His sacrifice. Christ was the fulfilment of the old covenant of sacrificing bulls and rams as He superseded that covenant in the one time, all-inclusive, perfect sacrifice at the cross. Moreover, “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment”. (Heb. 9:27) So how do we avoid this coming judgment? We must respond to and appropriate Christ’s gracious offer of salvation through repentance and faith. (Mark 1:15). So what is stopping you from responding today?
Questions for further thought:
1. Do I agree with the notion that I can do nothing to save myself? Why or why not?
2. Why do I need an “alien” righteousness that only comes through Christ to be truly redeemed?
Challenge: Share this truth with someone this week that needs to know this TRUTH.
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