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  Redeemed By Jesus  

The good news of Jesus Christ is that he saves his people. 
God told his mother Mary, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt 2:4).  God’s only begotten son became a man to redeem people like you and me.

We need a Savior. 
Both experience and history tells us that a person’s best efforts are never perfect and eventually decay.  Economies falter and fail.  Empires end.  Great architectural structures eventually fall down.  Our happiness ends in distress and sorrow.  We unavoidably fall into painful situations.  Paul observed, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Rom 7:21).

The Bible blames our perishable condition on sin. 
Disorder pervades our universe and invades our lives.  Every person is a victim of sin.  We live in a mortal body and we live stressed and troubled lives.  Paul wrote, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

Our rebellion against God causes our disorder. 
From infancy, each person learns to watch out for his own interests.  That outlook makes people selfish.  When we concentrate on our own needs and pursue our own wants, we end up hurting others.  James asked, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not; Ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war” (James 4:1-2).

Our self-will corrupts our character. 
Jesus taught, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34).  Peter explained, “Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage” (2P 2:19).  We know that we are enslaved to sin when we serve our fleshly desires first.  Paul wrote, “He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption” (Gal 6:8).

Our tendency to serve ourselves ends in death. 
Selfishness ends friendships, erodes relationships, and stops both love and life.  James explained, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).

None of us can free ourselves from our corrupted nature and mortal bodies. 
We cannot save ourselves.  Paul sadly observed, “If I subdue not the sin which is in me, but with the flesh serve the law of sin; O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom 7:26).

Jesus volunteered to redeem us. 
The architect of our world and the engineer of our universe looked beyond our faults and saw our need.  He stooped to redeem us from sin’s bondage.  Paul announced, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:2).

Jesus paid a price to redeem us. 
He who made us also bought us with his own blood.  Paul wrote that Jesus “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:12-14).

Jesus became a person like us.  Our Creator left celestial glory and the continual praise of its heavenly hosts to take our flesh and bear our sins on Calvary’s cruel cross. His crucifixion satisfied the just demands of our natural sins, blotted “out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col 2:14).

Jesus knows how to comfort and sustain us.  By assuming our physical nature and living in our sin-sick world, he knows our limitations, sorrows and pains.  Hebrews says, “It behooved him to be made like unto his brethren . . . to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted” (Heb 2:17-18)

Jesus invites us to come to Him. 
Those who come to Jesus will find relief and rest.  “Then spake Jesus, saying, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me . . .and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mat 11:29-30).

We invite you to come to Christ. 
He will free you from sin’s effects and soothe its injuries.  Better still, you will walk in his light.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12.

You are not alone. 
When you are reborn in Christ, you find fellowship with his people.  John promised, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Points to Ponder

 Our natural tendency to have our own way undermines all our relationships.

 Our innate inclination to do what we want separates us from God.

 The source of all our conflicts and most of our distress is someone’s self-will.

 Jesus came to save us from our self, our selfishness and self-will, called sin.

 Jesus became human, assumed our innate tendencies, and died for our sins.

 His crucifixion met the requirements of God’s law for all his followers. 

Even when dying, Jesus could save others

 Jesus asks us to love Him instead of ourselves.

 When we truly love Jesus we love others and treat them as we would ourselves.

 True followers of Jesus form a community that loves and accepts everyone.

 The fellowship of believers, called a church, supports its fellow members.

 A real church loves and supports all others, even during life’s cruelest hardships.

 Jesus always supports and comforts his church, including every member.

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