Redemption: is the most wonderful gift given by an amazing God. In all eternity God has had you in mind, to set His eternal love upon you.
Before the existence of even the twinkle of a star or the breath of any living thing, God reigned supremely. Even before eternity passed, a love agreement was pledged by the glorious Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In unity of love, a decree was established for the glorious predestined of the salvation of His people. (1)
Think about how much love God the Father had when He shared intimate fellowship with His Son in glory. Consider carefully the Son of God who departed from His Father’s presence where the joy and pleasures would be temporary separated as Christ fulfilled His great mission on earth. Christ left His heavenly throne where He was exalted above all, in praise, adoration, and honor. Contemplate how He would come to pour Himself out as a willing offering for our sin. Then consider the pain of a Father who watched His Son being treated cruelly by the evil plot of man. Jesus was hated and scorned. Think about the Father who witnessed the painful climax of the crucifixion of the One He dearly loved. This was the greatest act of love ever put on displayed. The love of a Father giving His Son to die for us, the love of a Son who willingly submitted to the Father’s will and became our sacrifice, who died in our place. Now contemplate the cooperation of the Spirit to come to guide, convict us of sin and teach us God’s ways. The Holy Spirit was sent as a promise of comfort that Christ confirmed He would send before He departed from this earth. God gave and gave and gave, for us! The sacrifices for His elect, who would love and follow Him. Everything Christ accomplished reverts back to God’s glory. In that, every nation, tribe and people would worship God forever.
Christmas is more than a tradition. Its true meaning centers on Christ. Christ came into the world, was born in the flesh but still is full of divine nature, in essence, is God. He is the holy, pure, perfect unblemished Lamb of God. He would be a suitable sacrifice to die a sinner’s death, for you and me. He suffered and in our stead so we wouldn’t suffer the penalty for our own sins. This my friends is the free gift! His desire is to make known to all people this wonderful free gift of love. A love that is available to you. “Now thanks be to God for His gift beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible free gift.”] (2)
Where do we see this free gift? At His birth, the light of glory came as a pure child, undefiled. And we see God’s gift, the giving of His Son at the cross where love was poured out for the price of freedom. The Christ child was born. Born to die! At the hands of vicious men! But God purposed He would raise again accomplishing God’s great plan for salvation, the best gift.
“This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting and end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. (3)
Jesus conquered death that we might live in Him…He conquered sin!
Jesus did not come for the self-righteous nor the wealthy. He came for those who were in need…who were in need of Him. At the cross Jesus took every sin we’ve ever committed, past, present and future and nailed them to the cross.
“…having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out-of-the-way, having nailed it to the cross.” (4)
It is by Christ’s blood we are liberated. If we are groping in the dark and we can’t find our way out, perhaps we fail to realize who Christ is, and what He has done for us. (5) If Jesus’ mission was to come to earth for the remission of sins, (to pardon and forgive) we should not lose sight of the significance of who He is, (Our Lord) what He has done (delivered) and what it means to us (liberty). May we be humbled by His goodness and for what He has accomplished for you and me.
“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through (your) faith. And this (salvation) is not of yourselves (of your own doing, it comes not through your own striving), but is the gift of God.” (6)
The Scriptures exhort us to set our faith on Christ and believe in Him. He is the Messiah, Savior and Lord. Come and accept Him as the One and only Redeemer. If you have never accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, cease to delay, come now. Pray for God to show your need of redemption. Then confess your sins and He will wash you clean. Nothing is more important than this decision. Will you receive Him today?
God’s sovereignty over our salvation warms our hearts with gratitude as we come to learn that God pursued us long before we even thought of choosing Him. His awe-inspiring love virtually transforms our hearts. As you surrender your life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live in you. The Spirit (the third part of the Trinity) will start sowing holy seeds of faith and then begin a new work in you. All to the praise and glory of His great name…the name to which every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord. God will continue to preserve, keep and lead you until the final day when you are presented before the throne without spot or wrinkle. How glorious is that? (7)
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth.” (8)
Jesus is the ineffable gift! A gift too great to fully describe in words until He has touched your heart in an indescribable way. Then radiantly you will shine with His glory!
Charles H. Spurgeon, The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant – Sermon 273, www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0277.htm
2. 2 Corinthians 9:15 (amp)
3. Acts 2: 23-24 (nas)
4. Colossians 2: 14 (nas)
5. Acts 17: 28 (nas)
6. Ephesians 2:8 (amp)
7. 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 (nas)
8. Deuteronomy 14: 2 (nas)