Ya know, have you ever considered the cost…the price for your redemption? When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he made a profound statement, "….Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29). Jesus was and is the Son of God, perfect in every way; voluntarily gave His life as the final sacrifice for sin forever.

Peter's brother Andrew said this, "…We have found the Messias…" (John 1:41) (Christ). He must have been really excited about Jesus. Does our life still radiate that same intense passion for the Lord…and for the provisions of our redemption? 

Remember Moses? Moses lifted up the brass serpent on a pole as directed by God and that everyone that looked up to the brass serpent when bitten by a serpent was healed (Num. 21:7-8) - In comparison, Christ must be lifted up for those who are bitten by sin (see John 3:14).

No doubt that those who where bitten by a serpent and looked up at the brass serpent, they felt a surge of renewed life and hope. Our redemption should still be as vigorous in our minds, hearts and souls as it was when we first came to the Lord with hope and expectation. Jesus did not have to die. God, being God could have dealt with sin in another way possibly, but His love for our souls kept Him on the cross.

The Scripture says in John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." It also says this in  John 15:15 "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." Here, Jesus is calling us friends. And it's His friends, you and me for which He died and rose again (Matt. 10:45). That should make you feel pretty awesome!

When Jesus came to earth, He came for many reasons, that we might have life (increased, enhanced physical life forever); the Scripture says that we might "have life" and "have it more abundantly." (see John 10:10). Having redeemed us from sin and its effects and having provided all provisions that we need for victorious living; have you ever wondered what Jesus might would feel when if we fail Him? Failing is one thing, giving up altogether is another. Have you given up to some degrees?

The price has been paid. You are not beyond being saved, unless you totally reject Jesus in your heart. Hebrews 7:25 says, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Jesus was "a man of many sorrows, and acquainted with grief:…" (see Isaiah 53:3). He was rejected by the Jews ( Matt 21: 42-44 and Matt. 23:37-38 with Act 3:13-15), forsaken by His friends (Mark 14:50), condemned without a fair trial (Matt 27: 23-26), clothed in mockery with a scarlet robe of royalty (Matt. 27:31); .......but in the end, Christ was proclaimed King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, both then, now and forever (Eph. 3:9 with Rev. 19:16)!

Published by Moral Diplomat