John Ashcroft said: "Islam is a religion in which god requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sent His Son to die for you!" That is what Easter is all about. We celebrate the unimaginable! God sent His own Son to die for us. Jesus had to die for us because our sinful condition left Him without recourse. He choose between redeeming us at great personal cost, or leaving us in our state of condemnation.
Do you fully grasp the reality that you have been redeemed? So many find this theology too difficult to believe. Jesus the Redeemer gave His life as payment for all the zillions of sins that would ever be committed. His payment was enough to cover all the 6 billion people who live on the earth now in addition to all past inhabitants. Now, that's powerful redemption.
What horrifies Jesus is that so many will not make themselves eligible for His redemption because they refuse to let Him pay and they believe they can get by without knowing Jesus as redeemer. Hebrews 2:3 asks, How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
Do you realize how great a salvation you have received when Jesus became your redeemer? Stop this Easter season and try to take it in. Try to imagine what an unspeakable gift you have received in Jesus your redeemer.
Redemption is the greatest act of undeserved grace and unreasonable kindness ever considered. It is ultimately a reflection of Who God is, it reveals His character! You cannot know God or begin to understand who He is, if you don't accept what He did when He made Jesus our Redeemer.
Jesus' willingness to become our Redeemer is our only hope. Why He would redeem is His mysterious wisdom. Why I don't walk in the power of His redemption every day is a dilemma I am faced with.
The wonder. I've been redeemed. Jesus' sinless body, spirit and soul has cleansed me from my many acts of unrighteousness. It motivates me to move toward righteousness.
The act of Redemption is the epitome of who Jesus is. It shows that nothing Jesus has made is bad and that it can be salvaged.
How I praise Jesus this Easter for my amazing Redemption that He is my outrageous Redeemer. I hope that you have a wonderful Easter as you celebrate that you have been redeemed!