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The Price Of Our Redemption
March 1, 2020
1 Peter 1:18-25
The Price of Our Redemption
1 Peter 1:18-25
Intro: The cross stands forever to remind us of the love of God. It is still a constant reminder and a symbol that has stood the test of time. There is no Christianity without the cross. The cross screams to us of the love of God. It is his promise of a glorious future, because of a painful past. The cross provides hope for the hopeless, love for the lonely, encouragement for the depressed, and the assurance of a life after death for everyone who embraces Jesus as their savior. Its importance to our faith is central, its motivating strength is evident. It reminds us that the victory is ours, the triumph secure and God’s presence undeniable, which should move us to embrace all that God has commanded, provided, and promised.
A number of years ago a movie with Charleston Heston came out that told the story of the cross. The movie, Ben Hur, was powerful and had a lasting impact on those who witnessed the film. Few movies in my life have had the impact of Ben Hur. Many scenes made an indelible impression - the great sea battle, the wild chariot race, the detestable leprosy colony. However: the hardest scene to watch was the crucifixion of our Lord. The part where the nails were driven into the hands and feet of Jesus was difficult to watch. The sound of hammer hitting those nails, the cross being stood up and then released and suddenly stops as it hits the bottom of the hole. Then we see Jesus’ blood begins to flow - one drop, then another ... a puddle forms beneath the cross, the price for our redemption. It begins to rain. Water mixes with more blood, and together they begin to trickle down the hillside. The trickle becomes a stream as the blood flows over the ground. We are reminded that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
At Calvary God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. The blood of Christ pouring down the cross restored our relationship with the Father. We cannot fully understand the mystery of God’s plan to restore his creation. The cross was God’s plan and we know that all who come to the cross in simple, trusting faith are cleansed by his blood and find peace with the Father.
By his death Jesus has unchained us. Unchained - there is no better word for it. He has set us free from the wages of our sins that deserves death and has reconciled us back to God who 4 created us. Our hope is in the Lord God who loves us and gave himself for us. We are no longer captive to our sins, for we have been cleansed by God Himself.
T.S. This what Peter wants his readers to remember.
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1. The word "redeemed" in the Greek means (to release for a ransom price).
2. We have been released, set free, unbound.
3. Peter presents two contrasting sets of values:
Negatively, redemption was not secured by the payment of silver and gold coins, as the original language states. The Greek here is emphasizing the smallness or little value. This contrasts with the actual price that was paid producing our redemption.
Positively, redemption was secured by the payment of an infinite value: the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (v. 19). It was precious blood, affirmed by the word in the Greek meaning costly, or of great value.
4. Heb 7:26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
While two visitors were visiting Annapolis, they noticed several students on their hands and knees assessing the courtyard with pencils and clipboards in hand.
“What are they doing?” one of them asked their tour guide.
“Each year,” he replied with a grin, “The upperclassmen ask the freshmen how many bricks it took to finish paving this courtyard.”
“So what’s the answer?” one of the visitors asked the tour guide when they were out of earshot of the freshmen.
The guide replied, “One.”
That brings up an interesting theological question. How many sacrifices did it take to finish paying for our sins? The Jews would have needed lots of pencils and clipboards to make the 4 calculation. “Let’s see, let’s take all the sin offerings, all the guilt offerings, the bulls, the goats, the lambs, the turtledoves . . .” So what’s the answer? How many sacrifices did it take to finish paying for our sins? Only one. “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered the sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” (Heb. 10:11-12). After thousands and thousands of sacrificial animals had been sacrificed, Jesus Christ gave his own life on the cross. Only then could it be said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30). 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1. Redemption was not something God decided because of the mess that Adam created in the garden. It was in the mind of God before He ever created the universe.
2. F.B Meyer said, "We must not think that Calvary was molded on Leviticus, but that Leviticus was molded on Calvary, as it stood out from all eternity before the mind of God."
3. Redemption was known in the past but has now been brought into being for us.
4. Jesus became the visible evidence of the invisible God. His life death and resurrection proved who he was and pointed mankind to the Father.
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (vv. 34-35) There is a special hospital in London for those whom other hospitals consider a lost cause. It is a hospital for those who are diagnosed as "terminal." Most people would consider such a hospital to be a very sad place, but it is not. Actually, it is a hospital filled with hope and a lot of life. The emphasis in this London hospital is on life and not on death. The truth is that several of the patients have seen remissions in the disease process instead of death. A great deal of the credit is given to the way the facility is run. The basic philosophy is different from most other hospitals. In this program the patients are expected to give themselves away in service to the other patients. Each patient is given another patient for 4 whom to care. So, for example, a person who is unable to walk might be given the task of reading to another who is blind. The blind person would then push the wheelchair of the one who could not walk but who gives directions on where to push the chair. Is this not the new commandment to which Jesus referred? He calls us to be disciples who love one another. We are the ones who are healed and strengthened when we learn how to give and how to love. Source: Bruce Larson, Passionate People (Dallas: Word Publishers), p. 203."
24 because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. Conclusion: During one of the military campaigns of Czar Nicholas of Russia, one of his soldiers sat in his tent one-night writing t his wife by candlelight. Tired from the labors of the preceding day, his eyes became heavy with sleep and he laid his head on his arms on the table before him and went to sleep. Czar Nicholas was passing through the camp late that night and, seeing the light in the tent, entered. Seeing the man asleep he walked up to the table and looked down over the man's shoulders. There he saw the unfinished letter, addressed to his wife. I t read in part: "My dearest wife, I am so burdened with debts which I cannot pay that I cannot bear it any longer. Only the thought of you and your love keeps me from ending it all by taking my life." Then his heave eyes closed in sleep, leaving the letter unfinished.
Nicholas was so moved with compassion at the helpless plight of the soldier that he picked up the fallen pen and wrote across the letter: "I Czar Nicholas, will pay the debts in full." I can imagine the surprise and inexpressible joy of that soldier when he awoke and read those words written across his letter. That was mercy, abundant mercy! Likewise, it is the same with our salvation. I Jesus will pay your debt in full….
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