by Becky DeWitt
The redeemed are the purchased possession of God through the eternal one time only sacrificial transaction of Jesus on the cross. Many do not fully understand and truly comprehend the word, “redeemed”. Those of us who are Believers, were purchased from the bondage of the enemy, satan. The devil owned you since Adam, and had full rights to do as he please with your life. His job was and is to steal, kill and destroy you, by any means necessary. (John 10:10). He wants to keep you in whatever trap or cell that he has devised especially for you, so that you can never come to the understanding and realization of the truth.
The truth, the driving force in this awesome transaction for your life is the agape love of God. God loved us so much that He sent the precious lamb, Jesus, to be sacrificed so that we could be reconciled back into His heavenly presence to restore our intimate relationship. (John 3:16). “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.”(Jeremiah 1:15). God knew you before you were wrapped in flesh with your organs developing to the point of completion and you made an exit into the earth realm. He knew you in the spirit. He wanted you to be reconciled to Him, to be in relationship with Him once again. Have you ever pondered the thought, that God missed you? Perhaps He still does because of where you are right now.
The price, the cost for you, was blood. It could not be the blood of a bull, goat, or ram, but the blood of His only son, Jesus. Remember when God asked Abraham to sacrifice His only son? There was a ram in the bush, and his name was Jesus. This was a scene in the Bible in the Old Testament, which was a preview of the coming attraction. Because it was His only son, there could only be a one time sacrifice. It could not be done as in the Old Testament, over and over again. “ Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:12-14).
Can you envision Jesus hanging on the cross just for you? Do you see the large nails that are piercing His hands and feet with His precious blood dripping out and flowing towards the earth on the ground surrounding the depth of the cross? What about the crown of many thorns pressing into his brow separating the flesh so that blood runs across His nose and over the faced that was maimed by the torture of man, falling to the earth, the sacrifice for many.
During the season of the year called Easter, the television media shows the world many versions of their account of the cross. We each need our own personal vision of what actually took place in order to make your relationship with Jesus more than just personal, but intimate. Do not let media marketing make this sacrifice a season in your mind. Jesus entered into the Holy Place for eternal redemption for us. See Him on the cross just for you daily. Visualize the blood, the agony, and the price.
As you personalize your relationship with Him even the more, your view and your perception will change. Understand the price of your redemption. Examine yourself. Can you not give your all because of this price? What is the cost for a sacrifice unlike any other in eternity?
Your blood has no power to redeem anyone! We must put ourselves on the cross daily so that we can crucify the flesh and lay aside the weights of the world, that easily ensnare us to make the shedding of the blood of Jesus of no effect. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). After the new birth of your spirit, your flesh must be put to death, because it still has all of the trapping of the world and it is accustomed to being in control. Now that you have His spirit, we must be crucified with Christ, so that the life the we live is through Him, not us. (Galatians 2:20).
The power of your voice is through the voice of the blood of Jesus saying “let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” (Psalm 107:20). When you open your mouth, let nothing speak but the voice of the blood. You have no other voice that will conquer the enemy except the voice of redemption. Let the blood of Jesus speak. The blood of Abel cried out from the earth and God heard it. (Genesis 4:10).
Do we really want to know Him and the power of His resurrection? (Philippians 3:10). Is there still the passion for His presence as when we first met Him? Have we become leaky vessels through the constant bombardment of the enemy, allowing that which has been invested, imparted and sealed by the Holy Spirit to drip out causing a spill? “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14). Is this foundation sure or is there a hairline fracture invisible to the naked eye causing our anchor in the relationship not to be as deep as we once thought causing a sway or falling away? Is the faith and trust that leans on the absolute confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness evaporated? What a price only He could pay.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (I Peter 1:18-21).
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Becky DeWitt is an inspiring author who captures ones’ attention as she speaks from experience. She has published four books with Brentwood Christian Press, with the latest, “Lips-Sacred or Scarred; Take Your Mouth Off The Mess and Use It For A Miracle”, receiving a review on the Publisher’s Review Page. As a Christian author, her writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Becky is a member of Tree of Life Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Elaine W. Green. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community. Click here to contact Becky DeWitt.