Jesus the Redeemer

Jesus the Redeemer
As we approach Easter 2018, let’s remember to be praying for those around us who don’t know Christ! Let’s pray with fervency for the power of the gospel to go forth during the Easter services and that many people, including children, would come to Christ and be baptized. Let’s pray for the whole church in Whatcom County to engage in a love-motivated “prayer, care, share” lifestyle. May Jesus our Redeemer motivate us with his love!
Mark 10:45, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” 
The Greek word for ransom means “to loose.” It was typically used of loosening from captivity and doing so by payment. When first century Greek speakers (and most people in Palestine were) heard the word “redeem” they would have immediately thought in terms of prisoners of war or of slaves being set free or ‘loosed’ by a payment called the ransom, the redemption price.
On the cross-Jesus the Son of God, the Word-made flesh, the Creator become human, God with us, paid the price that sets us free! Nothing else needs to be done. The ransom has been paid and paid in full! And that is why the cross immediately resonated with the first-century world; a world in which most people were slaves, a world in which jails were filled with captured prisoners, and a world which people were overcome with debt. The Son of man has come to give his life a ransom immediately grabbed the imagination of first-century people. And does it not grab the attention of people in our century as well? Is not the growing mark of our time “bondage?” Is not the great struggle of our time addiction? The cross cries out, “He gives his life a ransom to set captives free!”
In using the word “ransom” Jesus reveals His understanding of the human predicament. He looks at us and sees that we are in bondage from which we cannot free ourselves…and we all know it.
From Jesus’ perspective we are caught as slaves in a complex web of imprisoning masters…bound by the Law, by sin, by unseen spiritual forces, by the systems of the world, and by death. There is no way we can free ourselves from those captors. We do not have what it takes….
However here is the good news of the cross! Jesus came into the world and from within breaks its grip and sets us free! Jesus the ransom payer releases us from the curse of the law, the compulsion of sin, the lordship of unseen powers, love for the world, and the fear of death! Jesus declared from the cross, ‘It is finished!” The ransom is paid and paid in full! As Jesus says, “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”
This means that you can look guilt in the face and say, “You are not my master anymore!” I can look at sinful habits and say, “You are not my master anymore, Jesus releases me from you!” I can look evil in the face and say, “you are not my master, be gone in Jesus name!”
Jesus comes into the world, enters the prison cell, and gives his life in place of our ours, instead of ours. He exchanges his life for our life! The picture the word creates is that of slave market, full of human beings…you are standing rope around your neck, on the auction block, the auctioneer is taking bids for you, ‘100, 200, 500…’ Jesus comes forward and says, “I exchange Myself for this one!”
The ransom price involved the costliness of the incarnation. The Son of God became a real flesh and blood human being. God changed the very constitution of his being forever. God the Son became human, still fully God, but now human forever! Not only did Jesus the Son becomes what he was not; He becomes sin on our behalf. As 2 Cor. 5:21 writes, “God made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf.” That is staggering! At the cross Jesus became all that we mean by sin; he became filth, greed, lust. And then he gives Himself on the cross, he sheds his blood, he gives it all away. As Peter writes, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life…but with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
No one has ever paid as high a ransom as Jesus paid! And why did he do it?
Jesus, the Son of man thinks you and I are worth the ransom price! You know how much something is worth or how valuable something is based on how much someone is willing to pay for it! Jesus thinks you and I are worth becoming what he was not…at the ransom price of his blood! It cost him everything. Therefore, you mean everything to him!
Revelation 5:9 sums up the heart of Jesus the Redeemer well,
“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, and they say a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom of priests and they shall reign on the earth!'”
Let’s declare and personally testify to what the Blood of Jesus does for us!
Through the Blood of Jesus we are redeemed out of the hand of the devil.
Through the Blood of Jesus all our sins are forgiven.
Through the Blood of Jesus we are justified, made righteous, just as if we had never sinned.
Through the Blood of Jesus we are sanctified, made holy, set apart to God. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, justified and sanctified by the Blood of Jesus.
Through the Blood of Jesus every curse for disobedience is broken.
Through the Blood of Jesus every blessing of obedience is ours!
Through the Blood of Jesus we are heirs and possessors of all the riches of our Father’s eternal Kingdom.
Therefore, the devil has no place in us, no power over us, and no unsettled claims against us!
We overcome the world, sin, and the devil through the Blood of Jesus!
Amen and Amen!
–Jason Hubbard

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