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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The God who Redeems

Redemption… someone stepping in and taking my deserved punishment, leaving me free of guilt.  It's a theme for thousands of movies, and something that each one of us can reach out and take for ourselves.

"...One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.  2 Corinthians 5:14-15 MSG

God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins… We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God."  2 Corinthians 5:19-21 MSG

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.  Ephesians 1:7-10 MSG

The burning question becomes "How am I living?  As caged, or free?"

If I've chosen to remain in the cage, is the cause of that choice worth being bound?

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