“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 2:14-18 NKJV
Jesus paid it all
I am free. When I consider the cross, and all that was done from it by Jesus Christ, I am overwhelmed. He came down from heaven to become one of us, sharing in our flesh and blood, that He destroy the stranglehold of the one, the devil, who had the power of death.
I am made free from the fear of death, from the fear of the penalty due me because of my sin. Jesus paid it all, becoming propitiation, appeasing God for the sins of the world. Because of Him, I can consider a destiny in heaven, which was impossible before I came to know Jesus.
He became one of us, that He could die for us, and thus pay the sin debt that we owed, but could not pay. He became that merciful High Priest, that we be forgiven, transformed and raised to the office of priest. Along the way, He suffered just as we do, if not more, that we be made free.
“For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”
Hebrews 2:5-9 NKJV
Oh what a great sacrifice!
He laid aside the glory He knew with the Father, and humbled Himself to be born of woman, born in a manger, humbled in human flesh, yet fully God. He endured all the things that we endure, was rejected, humiliated, tortured by His creation, and died a sinner’s death.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
Oh what a great transaction!
Brothers and sisters, we have been given the mission of taking this great news of the transaction of God to people still trapped under the bondage of the devil. As we who know the Lord and are born again are truly free, we have been made bondage breakers, as we go and tell of our own stories of that great salvation and to THE STORY of the God/Man who left heaven, destined for the cross from the foundation of the world.
We must tell of His glory, His humility, and His death burial and resurrection. We must tell how HIs sacrifice made a way for a new life for those who believe.
At a time when the world is bereft of love, godly love, where those trapped in sin have mistaken lust for what is truly their heart’s desire, we bring the story of a loving Father giving His only Son.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV
We must also tell people of their true status, that they are sinners bound for hell. It is for our rescue that Jesus did all that He did, and if there could have been any other way He would have done it. He called out to the Father in the garden, but yielded to what was required. In that moment of great anguish, He was heard.
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.””
Matthew 26:36-39 NKJV
“who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
Hebrews 5:7-8 NKJV
Still He persisted.
Let us rejoice in His obedience, and let us not take for granted the great salvation that has changed our lives and changed our destiny from eternity in hell to eternity in heaven.
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