The redeemed are the purchased possession of God through the eternal one time only sacrificial transaction of Jesus on the cross. Many do not fully understand and truly comprehend the word, “redeemed.” Those of us who are Believers, were purchased from the bondage of the enemy, satan. The devil owned you since the fall of Adam, and full rights to do as he pleased with your life. His job was and is to steal, kill, and destroy you, by any means necessary. (John 10:10). He wants to keep you in whatever trap or cell that he has devised especially for you, so that you can never come to the full understanding and realization of the truth.
The truth, the driving force in this awesome transaction for your life is the agape love of God, God loved us so much that He sent the precious lamb, Jesus, to be sacrificed so that we could be reconciled back into His heavenly presence to restore our intimate relationship. (John 3:16). “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew you before you were wrapped in flesh with your organs developing to the point of completion and you made an entrance into the earth realm. He knew you in the spirit. He wanted you to be reconciled to Him, to be in relationship with Him once again. Have you ever pondered the thought, that God missed you? Perhaps He still does because of where you are right now.
The price, the cost for you, was blood. It could not be the blood of a bull, goat, or ram, but the blood of His only son, Jesus. Remember when God asked Abraham to sacrifice His only son? There was ram in the bush, and His name was Jesus. This was a scene in the Bible in the Old Testament, which was a preview of the coming attraction. Because it was His only son, there could only be a one time sacrifice. It could not be done as in the Old Testament, over and over again. “He went once for all into the Holy of Holies of heaven, not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves by which to make reconciliation between God and man, but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption, an everlasting release for us. For if the mere sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body,
How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of His eternal Spirit, His own preexistent divine personality has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the eve] living God? (Hebrews 9:12-14 AMP).
Can you envision Jesus hanging on the cross just for you? Do you see the large nails that are piercing His hands and feet with his precious blood dripping out and flowing towards the earth on the ground surrounding in a pool at the depth of the cross. What about the crown of many thorns pressing into His brown separating the flesh so that the bloods runs across His nose and over the face that was maimed by the torture of man, falling to the earth creation, the sacrifice for many?
During the season of the year called Easter, the televsion media shows the world many versions of their account of the cross. We each need our own personal vision of what actually took place in order to make your relationship with Jesus more than just personal, but intimate. Do not let media marketing make this sacrifice a season in your mind. Jesus entered into the Holy Place for eternal redemption for us. See Him on the cross just for you daily. Visualize, the blood, the agony, and the price.
As you seek to personalize your relationship with Him even more, your view and perception will change. Understand that price. Examine yourself. Can you not give your all because of this price? What is the cost for the sacrifice unlike any other in eternity?
Your blood has no power to redeem anyone! We must put ourselves on the cross daily so that we can crucify the flesh and lay aside the weights of the world, that easily ensnare us to make the shedding of the blood of Jesus of no effect. “Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses who have borne testimony to the Truth, let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance unnecessary weight and that sin which so readily deftly and cleverly clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 AMP). After the new birth of your spirit, your flesh must be put to death, because it still has all of the wrapping of the world and it is accustomed to being in control. Now that you have His spirit, we must be crucified with Christ, so that the life we live is through Him, not us. (Galatians 2:20).
The power of your voice is through the voice of the blood of Jesus saying “let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” (Psalm 107:20). When you open your mouth, let nothing speak but the voice of the blood. You have no other voice that will conquer the enemy except the voice of redemption. Let the blood of Jesus speak. The blood of Abel cried out from the earth and god heard it. (Genesis 4:10).
Do we really want to know Him and the power of his resurrection? (Philippians 3:10). Is there still the passion to be in his presence as when you first met Him? Have we become leaky vessels through the constant bombardment of the enemy, allowing that which has been invested, imparted, and seal by the Holy Spirit to drip out causing a spill? “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” (Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT). Is this foundation sure or is there a hairline fracture invisible to the naked eye causing our anchor in the relationship not to be as deep as we once thought causing a saw or falling away? Is the faith and trust that leans on the absolute confidence in His power , wisdom and goodness evaporated? What a price only He could pay.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (I Peter 1:18-21 KJV).
© April 2006