This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.
Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.
Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!
This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Ephesians 1:7. This verse states that in Christ, and through His blood, we have redemption – the forgiveness of our sins – according to the riches of the grace of God.
In Christ, we have been redeemed. We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), the wages of which is death (Romans 6:23). However, Christ took our sins upon Himself, and bore the punishment that should have been ours. His pure, spotless, sinless blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:28). He has redeemed us. We have have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), which He paid on our behalf.
Because Jesus paid for our sins in full, there’s no longer any price left for us to pay. It’s all been done away with in Him. God is no longer mad at us, and in fact remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). He welcomes us with open arms as His beloved sons and daughters.
Rather than feeling like we need to pay for our sins in some way or another, God wants us to look to Jesus at the cross, and know that the price was paid for us over 2,000 years ago. It’s already finished (John 19:30). We need only receive what’s already been done for us. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). God’s Word declares if we believe in Him, then we are NOT condemned (John 3:18)!
In Christ, you have been redeemed. The price for your sins has been paid in full. Look to Him, and begin to walk in the redemption that you have been given!