A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for February 27, 2020
|Christ Brings Redemption and Forgiveness|
Text: "In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. . . ." Ephesians 1:7
The Old Testament is a bloody book. But the wars and murders are only part of the story. The levitical sacrifices involved rivers of animal blood. Sheep and goats and cattle by the tens of thousands were incessantly slaughtered in Israel's effort to gain atonement for sin.
When John the Baptist, seeing Jesus, called out, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of world," he was envisioning the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The rule of the Old Covenant was: "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sins). The Lord's Supper, so frequently celebrated in our churches, is, among other things, a memorial of the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb.
Redemption means "to buy back." On the cross, Christ bought back lost souls from Satan and paid for them with His blood. The incorruptible blood of Jesus Christ is the currency of redemption and the forgiveness of sin.
Says Paul, "You Ephesians, listen up. Your forgiveness has come through the blood of Christ Jesus, your Lord."
What about you? Are you thankful? I certainly am.