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July 18, 2017

OUR SAVIOR

by Leslie John

If we confess our sins

Leslie M. John

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day”. (Genesis 1:1-5)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2)

From John 1:1-2 we understand that our Lord Jesus Christ is the creator. God is Triune: the Father the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal, co-existent but their functions are different, and yet they are all One; and God is One. This is mystery and it is very hard to understand!

“And the Word was made 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”. (John 1:14)

What a great statement it is that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word became a living being and lived among us. The Word was none other than Lord Jesus Christ and in Him we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

We have redemption from the bondage of sin in none but Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God. He is the first born of every creature and by Him were all the things created that are in heaven, and in earth visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.

Lord Jesus Christ is the creator and He created everything for Him. He was before all things and by Him all things consist. He is the head of the Church and He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead. He is Alpha and Omega. He has the keys of hell and death. (Cf. Colossians 1:14-20 and Revelation 1)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:14-20 and Revelation 22:13)

The writer of Hebrews describes in the book of Hebrews Chapter 1 that the Father has appointed His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, the heir of all things and by whom also He made all the worlds. Jesus was the brightness of the glory of the Father, and express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power.

It pleased the Father to bruise the Son for our sake in order to redeem us from the bondage of sin. Lord Jesus Christ purged our sins and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Jesus did not die as martyr, or good man, or innocent man, but He voluntarily became sacrifice on behalf us, paid penalty on behalf us in order to redeem us.(Cf. Hebrews 1:1-10 and John Ch.19)

The blood of Jesus, the Son of God cleanses us from all sin, and the entire hope of redemption that we have, the entire hope of eternity, lies in the fact that Jesus got the job done on the cross. Think of Jesus yielding to the shouts of those men who were witnesses at the cross of Calvary that if He was the Son of God He should come down, save Him and save others. If only Jesus yielded to their shouts and gotten down from the cross before He died, He would not have completed the task he took upon Him to accomplish.

When Jesus said, “It is finished he said, “It is finished” because He had accomplished all that He had to accomplish and it was finished. Nothing more needs to be added to our redemption, or nothing more can be added to our redemption. Jesus finished the task and it ended there. It does not need some one else go after Him to complete any task that might any one think is left behind; no nothing is left behind, and no one needs to do anything more.

The task of creation was in the hands of Jesus and He finished it. The task of redemption was in the hands of Jesus and He finished it. It was at the cross when He is about to die, He said, “It is finished” because nothing more needed to be accomplished for our redemption from sin that He died on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day with incorruptible body. We can not add our good works to the finished work of salvation by Lord Jesus Christ.

It is only by grace through faith in Him that saves us from perishing.

 

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