This week’s memory passage from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 3:23-24. These verses tell us that all have sinned, and all are justified freely by God’s grace, through the redemption that is in Christ.
We have all sinned. There is not one of us who is righteous (Romans 3:10) in and of our selves. Each one of us has failed in one way or another.
The good news? There is a Savior, who came into this world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). The only Righteous One (1 John 2:1) took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made righteous. We have been justified by His blood (Romans 5:9).
Jesus paid the price to redeem us. He bore the punishment that we deserved, even to the laying down of His own life for us. Hebrews 9:22 says that there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood, and His blood was shed for us at the cross. We have been bought with a high price (1 Corinthians 6:20), paid by another on our behalf.
Our redemption is found in Christ alone. It is through His finished work at the cross that we have been justified. Because of what He has done for us, our sins have bee completely forgiven. In Him, we are the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are not who we once were. We are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Let’s give thanks to the One who gave His life to redeem us!