Feb 8, 2012

HE PAID THE PRICE FOR US


            Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified) (Galatians 3:13) (AMP).
            Bible speaks about the love of God. It says God Himself is love (1 John 4:8, 16). To show this love to the world, God has sent His only Son into the world to die for us and redeem us from the law and give us the eternal life (John 3:16). So that means Jesus came into the world to redeem us from the law. In the Old Testament, when God was passing the law to Moses, God spoke about an offering to be made for the sin of all the Israelites. And the condition is that this sin offering could not be made within the compound but it should be outside the camp. Jesus also was crucified outside the city (John 19:16-20). This is how He offered Himself as an offering to God on behalf of all the people of this world. Jesus suffered outside the city to make the people holy through his own blood as God wanted the people to be holy (Hebrews 13:12; Leviticus 11:44-45).
            From the above verses we can know that Jesus paid the price to redeem us. Why Jesus has redeemed us? Bible says, to make us the sons of God and help us to receive the full rights of sons (Galatians 4:5). Apostle Paul understands the importance of the redemption price and he suggests us not to take it as an easy thing. Psalmist says, No one can pay a ransom for the life of another person, for it is too costly for them (Psalm 49:7-8), so Jesus paid the price by giving His life by becoming a curse for us. When we believe that Jesus died for us, we cannot live as we want to live, for we are bought at a price and we cannot be slaves to anyone or anything (1 Corinthians 6:20 & 7:23). When we are bought by someone we should be living with them and follow what they tell us to do. Christ bought us and gave a new life, and we are supposed to live as He wants us to live in this new life.
            Apostle Peter says, we should know that we were not redeemed with silver or gold that perishes, but with the precious blood of Christ which never perishes (1 Peter 1:18-19). This blood of Jesus speaks to God on behalf of us (Hebrews 12:24). In the Old Testament when one buys another with gold or silver, there is an option that the agreement can be cancelled after some time, but here we are redeemed by the blood, so this agreement cannot be cancelled. This is an everlasting covenant of God which declares we are His people. The Holy Spirit always testifies about this that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). Let us all understand the redemption price that Jesus has paid for us and honor God for redeeming us. Let us all live according to what God tells us the way to live. May our good God helps us in this and make us to live for Him and for His Glory.
            GOD BLESS YOU
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