Bible Society of South Africa

Jesus – Day 18

Jesus: Our Redeemer.

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7For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God,

Ephesians 1:7GNBOpen in Bible reader

8which he gave to us in such large measure!

In all his wisdom and insight 9God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ.

Ephesians 1:8-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

38The curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

Mark 15:38GNBOpen in Bible reader

12When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, he did not take the blood of goats and bulls to offer as a sacrifice; rather, he took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us.

Hebrews 9:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

27Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God.

Hebrews 9:27GNBOpen in Bible reader

6All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away by the wind.

Isaiah 64:6GNBOpen in Bible reader

20There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

Ecclesiastes 7:20GNBOpen in Bible reader

10As the Scriptures say:

“There is no one who is righteous,

11no one who is wise

or who worships God.

Romans 3:10-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

23everyone has sinned and is far away from God's saving presence.

Romans 3:23GNBOpen in Bible reader

Over the past weekend our hearts have been filled with joy as we have celebrated the resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ and the impact that this has had on our lives. We have worshipped the King who has risen victorious from the grave. He is alive! The tomb is empty. The angels have confirmed the news that Jesus has risen. He has conquered death and banished the fear of death forever for all believers. He has paid the price and lives forever. He is our Redeemer!

On Friday the world was dark because of the fierce battle that was raging in the heavenlies as Jesus, God’s only Son, went to die on the cross. His disciples and the women were grief-stricken, watching from a distance. There was darkness over the land for three full hours from midday till three o’clock while He breathed His last and committed His spirit into His Father’s hands. At that moment of death, “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:38)

What did that mean for the world? The way to God was now open and Jesus “entered the Most Holy Place once for all” not “by means of the blood of goats and calves;” but “by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:12) Jesus is our Redeemer. In the same way that a slave could be given back his freedom by someone paying the price for him to his owner, Jesus paid the price for our lives, with His own blood, by taking our sins upon Himself. He has bought us back from slavery to the devil and sin, and we are free! We are able to approach God through Him, confess our sins and receive forgiveness, peace and eternal life through His Name. Jesus’ sacrifice is totally acceptable to God.

“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27

God takes sin seriously. He would never have allowed His Son to suffer so cruelly had it not been necessary to redeem us. We must not fool ourselves that we lead good lives and can save ourselves. We try very hard, and sometimes feel we achieve a measure of success, but we know, deep down, that it will never be acceptable by God’s standards. Isaiah reminds us that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) Solomon observed in Ecclesiastes 7:20 “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” Paul concurs in Romans 3:10-11: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” Some people stay away from churches to avoid hypocrites, but they fool themselves. They are no better than those they are judging “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

God provides salvation, but Judgment Day will be dreadful for those who have not put their trust in God’s redeeming love, exemplified in Jesus Christ.

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