Redemption in Christ

Redemption In ChristThis 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!

Rest In Him

Rest In HimWeek 12 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was John 2-6. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ miracles, His words to Nicodemus and the woman at the well, interactions with the Pharisees and the multitudes who followed Him, as well as other instances that occurred throughout His ministry.

In John 6:27-29, Jesus told the crowds not to work for food that spoils, but rather food that endures to eternal life, which He would give them. The crowds asked Him in response what they must do to accomplish the works required by God. Jesus defined the work of God for them as this – to believe in the One sent by Him.

So often, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things we feel that we must do to try and merit our relationship with God, and be a good Christian. We try and try, yet constantly fall short of the image painted in our minds. Our good works, however, aren’t the basis of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He wants us to rest, our work being to believe in Jesus, trusting in Him for our salvation, and continued right standing before God.

Earlier, in John 3:16, Jesus states that anyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. Verse 17 reveals that He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. Verse 18 emphatically declares that those who believe in Him ARE NOT CONDEMNED! Romans 8:1 says it this way – “. . . there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As we fix our eyes on our Savior, we are transformed by His love and grace.

This coming week, I challenge you to shift your attention away from yourself and your actions, and begin fixing it on Christ, and what He’s done for you. Begin to focus on God’s work of believing in the One He sent, trusting wholly in His finished work at the cross as the basis of your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Rest in Him, assured of your position as a child of the Most High!

Names of Jesus Series Wrap-Up

Names of Jesus Series Wrap-Up

The Names of Jesus series is at its end. My hope and prayer is that this series has helped you to get to know our Savior even better, through the characteristics His names reveal.

In case you missed any of the posts from the series, here are links to each of them:

Son of God – Jesus is the Son of God. He and the Father are one (John 10:30). As the Son of God, He revealed to us the Father’s heart of love for us.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-son-of-god/

Son of Man – Jesus, though God in His very nature, didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped, but taking on the nature of a servant, was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:6-7). The Son of Man came to save you!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-son-of-man/

Lamb of God – At the cross Jesus, the Lamb of God, became our sin offering – the fulfillment of the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament for the sins of the people.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-lamb-of-god/

Bread of Life – Jesus is the Bread of Life, which alone can truly satisfy. True life is found in Him!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-bread-of-life/

Light of the World – The Light of the World lives inside of us, making us, in turn, lights in a dark place.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-light-of-the-world/

The Good Shepherd – Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:11).

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-good-shepherd/

The Resurrection and the Life – Our Savior is The Resurrection and the Life. He came that we might have life (John 10:10). He promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16).

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-resurrection-and-the-life/

The Way  – Jesus made a way for us to have a relationship with God. He is the only way to the Father.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-way/

The Truth – Jesus is The Truth, and He came to reveal to us the truth of God’s love and grace for each one of us.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-truth/

The Life – Though we once were dead in our transgressions and sins, we have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5). He wants us to experience and enjoy the abundant life that He came to give us (John 10:10) in every area!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/03/names-of-jesus-the-life/

Which is your favorite of the names of Jesus? Comment to share.

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Names of Jesus – The Life

Names of Jesus - The LifeIn John 14:6, Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is The Way – the only way to the Father. He is The Truth, and He came to show us the truth of God’s love and grace for each one of us. He is also The Life.

We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), the wages of which is death (Romans 6:23). Romans 5:12 states that through one man – that man being Adam – sin entered the world, and through sin, death. Also that death came to all in this way, for all have sinned. The good news of the gospel is that even while we were dead in our transgressions, God made us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Jesus came to save us by giving His life for us at the cross. One died for all. All died, therefore (2 Corinthians 5:14). Because He died in our place, His death was our death. We have been raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1). We have been given new life in Him. He is The Life. All who believe in Him possess life everlasting (John 3:16).

Our Savior came that we might have life more abundant (John 10:10). He wants to give us life in every area – mentally, physically, financially, and in every other way, as well as spiritually, in our relationship with Him. He wants us to experience the abundant life He came to give us.

Though we were once dead in our sins, we have been made alive with Christ. He gives us, His sheep, eternal life (John 10:28). He desires for us to enjoy life more abundant in every area of our lives. Come to Him, and receive an abundance of life for your every area of lack!

Join us tomorrow as we wrap up the Names of Jesus series!

“You give life. You are love. You bring light to the darkness. You give hope. You restore every heart that is broken.”

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Names of Jesus – The Truth

Names Of Jesus - The TruthThis week is the fourth and last week of the Names of Jesus series. If you’ve missed any posts from the series, check them out from earlier this month, and delve deeper into the names of our wonderful Savior!

When talking to His disciples, following the last supper, Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is The Way – the only way to the Father. He is also The Truth. John 1:14 states that Jesus was full of grace and truth. John 1:17 says that through Moses came the law, but through Christ came grace and truth. In these two verses from the first chapter of the book of John, grace and truth are mentioned together. Our Savior is The Truth, and He came to reveal to us the truth of our Heavenly Father’s love and grace for each one of us.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). When He was on this earth, He did nothing by Himself, but only what He saw His Father doing (John 5:29). When He ate with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:10), when He reached out and touched a leper, who was considered unclean, to heal him (Matthew 8:3), and when He extended forgiveness to a woman who had lived a sinful lifestyle (Luke 7:37-38 & 48), He was demonstrating the true heart of God to those around Him.

For years, God’s people had lived under the old covenant of the law, which was based on mankind’s attempts to earn relationship with God, and all of His blessings. The law was given, however, not as a way for us to be made right with God, but as our tutor, to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24) – to bring us to the end of ourselves, and show us our need for a Savior. When Jesus came, He clearly demonstrated to us God’s amazing grace, which is shown to us under the new covenant that He came to establish.

Our Savior came, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The One who is The Truth came to reveal to us the truth of God’s love and grace towards us. Grace and truth truly did come through Christ (John 1:17)!

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As White As Snow

As White As SnowThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 1:18, which states that though our sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, and though red like crimson, they shall be like wool.

Each one of us has sinned. We have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2) on a daily basis. God declares, however, that our sins, though as scarlet, shall be as white as snow.

This is made possible only through Christ’s work at the cross. Because of what He has done for us, and the price that He paid, we have been completely forgiven of all of our sins. Read these verses, and catch a glimpse of just how forgiven you truly are:

  • God forgives ALL of our sins (Psalm 103:3).
  • Our Heavenly Father neither treats us as our transgressions merit, nor repays us according to our wrongdoings (Psalm 103:10).
  • Our sins have been removed from us as far as the the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
  • If God kept a record of wrongs, none could stand. With Him there is forgiveness, however, that He may be feared (Psalm 130:3-4).
  • He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Every time you mess up, or fall short, remind yourself of God’s promise that your sins shall be as white as snow. Know that because of what Jesus has done for you, your every sin has been erased. Begin to see yourself as a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

Been enjoying our Names of Jesus series? Be sure to check back as we continue it tomorrow!

Call Out To Jesus

Call Out To JesusWeek 11 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Luke 20-24. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ encounters with the religious leaders, His words to His disciples regarding the end times, the last supper, all that He suffered on our behalf, His death, and His resurrection.

Luke 23:23 & 39-43 informs us that two criminals were crucified with Jesus, one of whom mocked and insulted Him. The other criminal rebuked the one who was making fun of Jesus, saying that while they deserved their punishment, Jesus had done nothing wrong. Then he asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to tell the criminal that he would be with Him in paradise.

How could Jesus respond to him in such a way? The criminal couldn’t make any amends for the crime for which he was being crucified. He had no time left to change his way of living, and begin living a better lifestyle. He was hanging on a cross, nearing the end of his life. All he could do was depend on Jesus, trusting that He would remember him, in accordance with his request.

That was all he needed to do. That is all any of us can do – place our trust completely in Christ, relying on Him, and Him alone, for our salvation. We can’t do anything to save ourselves. No amount of good deeds can purchase for us a relationship with God, for it is by grace, and through faith, that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).

When the criminal asked Jesus to remember him, did Jesus turn him away? By no means! Instead, He assured the criminal that he would be with Him in paradise that very day. Though the criminal could do nothing for himself but call out to Jesus, our Savior met him where he was at. The same is true of us today, for Romans 5:6 says it was while we were still helpless that Christ died for us.

Jesus promised in John 6:37 that He will never drive away those who come to Him. No matter what point you may be at in life, call out to Jesus. Come to Him today, assured of His love and acceptance.

Be sure to join us next week as we wrap up the Names of Jesus series!

Names of Jesus – The Way

Names of Jesus - The Way

The Way – John 14:6

In John 14:6, Jesus calls Himself the way, the truth, and the life, declaring that no one comes to the Father except through Him.

Our Savior is The Way – the only way to God. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much that He wanted us to be His children, so He sent Jesus to make a way for us to come to Him. It is by His blood that we have been justified (Romans 5:9). In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). Through faith in Him, we are made right with God (Romans 3:22). Christ is the gate, and those who enter through Him are saved (John 10:9)!

Salvation is found in Christ alone. There is no other name by which mankind is saved (Acts 4:12). Nowhere and to no one else can we go to find a relationship with the one true God. It is found only in His Son, who gave His life for us at the cross.

Jesus, our Savior, is The Way. He made a way for us to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). It is through Him, and only through Him, that we are saved!

“One way, Jesus, You’re the only one that I could live for!”

Names of Jesus – The Resurrection and the Life

Names of Jesus - The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25 

In John 11, we read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In verse 25, while talking to Lazarus’s sister Martha, Jesus declares Himself to be the resurrection and the life.

At the cross, our Savior gave His life for us, paying the price to redeem us. Afterwards, He was placed in a tomb with a stone rolled in front of it (Matthew 27:60), but He didn’t stay there. On the third day, He rose again (Luke 24:6-7). 1 Corinthians 15:22 says that just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:55 declares the sting of death to be sin, and the strength of sin to be the law. Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, receiving the punishment for them in full. The only Perfect One fulfilled the law for us. Through Him, we are given the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57)!

Jesus is the source of life. True life is found in Him.

  • He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
  • All who believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
  • He gives us eternal life, and none can snatch us from His hand (John 10:28).
  • Those who follow Him will have the light of life (John 8:12).
  • He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Our Savior truly is The Resurrection and the Life! He came that we might have life (John 10:10), and promises eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16). Let’s give thanks Him thanks!

“I will live, I will not die. The resurrection power of Christ alive in me, and I am free, in Jesus’ Name!”

Names of Jesus – The Good Shepherd

Names of Jesus - The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

Psalm 100:3 says that we are the Lord’s people – the sheep of His pasture. John 10:11 tells us that Jesus is the good shepherd, who lays down His life for the sheep.

Though each one of us, like sheep, have gone astray, upon Jesus was laid all of our iniquity (Isaiah 53:6). He gave His life for us freely – of His own accord (John 10:18) – at the cross, that we might be saved. He took our sin upon Himself, and suffered the punishment that should have been ours, that we might receive His place of right standing before God. What a wonderful shepherd He is!

In John 10:28 says that our Good Shepherd gives His sheep eternal life.  He promises that they will never perish, for no one can pluck them from His hand. He says that no one can snatch them from the Father’s hand, either, for He and the Father are one (John 10:29-30). Knowing this, we can rest assured that our salvation is secure. We don’t have to waver back and forth wondering whether or not we are truly saved. Rather, we can have faith that by receiving Him – by believing in His name – we ARE God’s children (John 1:12)!

Just like in the story of the lost sheep, our Good Shepherd pursues us individually, rejoicing over us when He finds us, and carrying us home upon His shoulders. He delights in saving us, and wants us to trust in Him as our one and only Savior. Like the sheep in the story, let’s rest on His strong shoulders, relying fully upon Him for our salvation, rather than our good works.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who gave His life for us, His sheep. Our salvation is completely secure in Him. Let’s allow our selves to be loved and cared for by Him, trusting in what He has done for us, rather than anything we have done (Luke 15:4-6), for our salvation!

“You are the shepherd, giving what I could not afford. Leaving the many, You sought to find me, Lord.”

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