Saturday Reflection – 20 July 2019

God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.  Colossians 1:19-20

God’s love for us, was as Paul declared was demonstrated in the fact that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Christ left all the splendor of heaven, making earth his home, taking on flesh and blood and the cross his final destiny. By his blood, we have redemption, by his reign, we have peace and there is justice and we are called his children.

Today’s doctrinal text reminds us of the immense love of God- that is far beyond our understanding. For who could imagine that he would give his only Son- the perfect lamb of God as a sacrifice for our sins- to pay the debt that we incurred- to be of worth for our worthlessness. Isaiah says that “There is none righteous, no, not one.” “For all we like sheep have gone astray” but God out of love for us, his creation – who despite our worthlessness, our rebellion- through Christ offered us salvation – the perfect gift the bridged the gap with us again, to the Father.

So Christ took on humanity and walked among us, and taught us. As the scripture says he was tempted in all ways like we are, yet he did not sin. So he became the perfect example and the precious lamb, laying down his life at Calvary. By his death, we are saved from sin and by his resurrection we have new life. He was the perfect sacrifice that covered every sacrifice and offering that was reconcile for sins. According to Hebrews 9:12 “…he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” No longer are we slaves to sin, but having accepted the gift of God, be become his children, now not only his by creation but also by redemption.

So how then do we respond this act of love, how then do we accept the gift of salvation that was paid for us as Christ laid down his life. We must accept the Lord Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour, invite him to come into our hearts and and cleanse us by his shed blood. It was God who first loved us and invited us into a relationship with him. We respond in accordance to his call, and give him our all and he becomes our all-in-all.

Until next week, the veil has been torn on two, we have access through our Lord Jesus Christ. Here we now stand washed in the blood of the Lamb. The moment Christ declared “It is finished“meant that salvation’s plan was accomplished and we have been redeemed! Hallelujah!

Let us then accept the gift, live in the promise and lead others to the cross until his kingdom come. Amen.

Dominic J. Blair

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