Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
How grateful should we be for a verse like this? Redemption through His blood. Not redemption through monetary means. Not redemption through good works. Not redemption through perfection. Redemption through His blood. Think about that for a moment, let that really sink in. Redemption through His blood.
The True Cost Of Forgiveness
Romans 5:8 offers the following… (8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… We have a God that loves us so much that He sent Christ to die for us. Ephesians 2:1 reminds us where we find ourselves outside of Jesus’ sacrifice… (1) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins… Dead in trespass and sin, we have all fallen short. Dead in trespass and sin, game over, no admittance into heaven. Pretty sobering when you think about it. But then comes the answer, the Savior.
Jesus is described in 1 Peter 2:22… (22) “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”… Because of our past sin, we need the perfect sacrifice. Jesus is just that, a sinless savior with no deceit found in His mouth.
The price… Jesus was mocked, pierced, beaten, killed, His blood literally poured out to pay the price of our sin. Stop right now and really think about the amount of pain inflicted upon Jesus for you and me.
Do You Live In Thankfulness?
We were doing a men’s study the other night and we talked about sacrificial atonement. In the Old Testament, a blood sacrifice needed to be made to cover the cost of transgression. It cost something to sin. There was a tangible cost involved. Not only did it cost something, you had to transfer that sin to the sacrifice. There would have been a very visual reminder of the price of your sin. The question is, is that how we view Jesus? Yes, we are all probably thankful for His sacrifice, but do we visualize our sin being transferred to Him? I think if we had this reminder, we should be so much more grateful for the price paid. The only reason Jesus was mocked, pierced, beaten, and killed was the transferring of our sin to Him. That blood poured out was because of our transgression.
Jesus’ suffering was for us. Accept the grace that He provides, absolutely… but do so with the genuine thankfulness it commands.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.