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CHRIST SETS US FREE

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CHRIST SETS US FREE

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8

In the opening and closing scenes of the movie, Saving Private Ryan, James Ryan stands in the American cemetery in Normandy above the grave of Captain Miller, remembering the sacrifice that was paid for his life.  A small company of men had been ordered to find Ryan and bring him out of the war and back to his family because the war department had found out that his other three brothers had recently been killed in different battles.  A general did not want to have Ryan’s mother suffer the loss of all four of her boys so he sent this company of men out into France to bring back this one soldier, James Ryan.  The mission would cost most of those soldiers their lives, including Captain Miller whose last words to Ryan were, “James, earn this.  Earn it.”

James, who has been accompanied by his wife and extended family to the cemetery, turns to her and asks, “Tell me I have led a good life, Tell me I am a good man.”  He understands that what was done for him, so that he could experience his past fifty years, came at a great price—a price that could not be taken lightly or forgotten.  He looks back at the grave and whispers that he has tried to live every day remembering the price that was paid and live in such a way as to honor the sacrifice that was made so he might go home and live.

Jesus does not ask us to “earn it.”  His sacrifice for us was done out of His overwhelming love and it is a free gift.  But we can never forget that we also were “bought with a price.”  We need to live our lives each day remembering the sacrifice that was made so that we could live an abundant life in Christ and enjoy Him.  Communion is a physical act of remembering the blood that was shed so that you could be free from your sin.  Let us remember daily the love that motivated Christ to endure the cross so that you could be free to follow Him.   Even though you do not need to earn anything, never forget the sacrifice that was paid.  Let our lives be a reflection of that, each day remembering what was done on our behalf.

 

Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write a poem on it, and make it worth $6,000—that’s genius.  Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper and make it worth a million dollars—that’s capital.  Uncle Sam can take gold, stamp an eagle on it, and make it worth $20.00—that’s money.  A mechanic can take material that is worth only $5.00 and make it worth $50.00—that is skill.  An artist can take a fifty-cent piece of canvas, paint a picture on it, and make it worth  $1,000—that’s art. God can take a worthless, sinful life, wash it in the blood of Christ, put His Spirit in it, and make it a blessing to humanity—that’s salvation.

                                                         Christian Digest

 

God's love sets us truly free.  Our love finds its fulfillment in being transformed into God's love, and only then will our works be truly fruitful.

                                                          Simon Tugwell

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How does knowing Christ laid his life down for you affect how you live your life each day?
  • Are there areas of your life where you are still living in bondage even though you have the opportunity to be set free?
  • What do you want your epitaph to read?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

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verses related to this topic

  • Isaiah 53:3

    Isaiah 53:3

    He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

  • John 3:16

    John 3:16

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

  • John 12:23-24

    John 12:23-24

    And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

  • John 15:13

    John 15:13

    “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

  • Romans 5:6

    Romans 5:6

    For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

  • Romans 5:8

    Romans 5:8

    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:15

    2 Corinthians 5:15

    and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

  • Galatians 3:13

    Galatians 3:13

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree."

  • Ephesians 5:2

    Ephesians 5:2

    and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  • Titus 2:14

    Titus 2:14

    who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

  • Hebrews 2:9

    Hebrews 2:9

    But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

  • Hebrews 9:28

    Hebrews 9:28

    so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

  • Hebrews 10:10

    Hebrews 10:10

    By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

  • 1 Peter 1:18-19

    1 Peter 1:18-19

    knowing that you were not redeem-ed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

  • 1 Peter 2:24

    1 Peter 2:24

    and He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

  • 1 Peter 3:18

    1 Peter 3:18

    For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

  • 1 John 3:16

    1 John 3:16

    We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

  • Revelation 1:5

    Revelation 1:5

    and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood

books related to this topic

  • Breaking Free

    Breaking Free

    In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word--truth that will set us free.

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