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13th October 2013
When God's plans for His people are interrupted, He always comes to their rescue and ransoms them. The Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians, with no freedom, no choices, no space for aspirations, not owning anything – even their own lives! They were totally at the mercy of sinful people, brutal task-masters who worked them ruthlessly.
But God stepped in! He gave Pharaoh several opportunities to let them go, until eventually God parted the Red Sea and rescued them from their oppressors.
Just as God ransomed the Israelites, so has He ransomed us from slavery from an even harsher task-master – sin. Sin wants to control you, destroy you, cover you with shame and condemnation. No patch-up job is going to do what is necessary to put you right. Ask anyone addicted to pornography, anyone who lashes out with an angry temper, anyone who refuses to forgive – ask them if they feel free!
Before we came to Christ, we may have felt free, but the more we walked in sin, the tighter its chains became until it leads us deeper into its paths. We were at the mercy of sin, and sin has no mercy!
The ransom price to set us free was a perfect, unblemished, sinless life. But would you exchange a life such as this for one thoroughly marred and contaminated with sin?!
God did! He sent Jesus Christ – totally innocent, totally pure, kind, compassionate, humble, full of grace and truth, who didn't sin even once! He was the perfect man, but not only that – He is also God eternal, the Sustainer of all things, limitless, He was there when the world was formed, He is God!
And God the Father exchanged Jesus for you! The Son of God was beaten, battered, killed, even forsaken by the Father as all His anger and wrath was poured out on sin! Why did He do it? Because He loves you! The reason why church is so amazing, is because it is full of ransomed people!
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Posted by Paul Mann