“Paid In Full”

When we were small we learned to swear from elders. In my case, a lot of the time it was “bloody” this, and “bloody” that when we hurt ourselves. Years ago when I was in another country visiting, there was a friend there who had come to Canada with his wife and he just loved Canada; he was crazy about it!! In his conversations about Canada, every second word was “bloody” this and “bloody” that. It was the “bloody” mountains or the “bloody” scenery, or whatever; it was his way of emphasizing how great things were! He loved it! He wanted to retire at some stage and possibly move to Canada. But sad to say, he passed away before all that. But when I was thinking about my friend and that story, it reminded me again about that word – and to look and see exactly again what all the meaning was – in the Bible where it explains about “the blood of Jesus” what it means, and what it does. It is in Hebrews 9:12. The power of the Blood. No blood, no life.

It is quite simple. In the Bible, there are two testaments: The Old one and the New one. In order to get rid of sins in the Old Testament, they had to sacrifice an animal, to shed its blood, for the removal of their sins. That went on month after month, year after year, a whole lifetime. But in the New Testament, the picture is that God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for us, to remove all our sins and guilts, once and for all. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to be baptized by him in the Jordan River, he said, “Here is the Lamb of God that will take away the sins of the world!” So, at the cross where Jesus died, with the shedding of His blood, it put an end to all our sins – past, present, and future! All we have to do is believe Him! We just ask God to give us the faith to believe it.

Jesus did not just “cover” the sins like they did in the Old Testament with sacrificed animals, but it says He took them away forever – and He does not remember them ANYMORE!! That is a good deal, isn’t it! That is the Gospel! When we believe that by faith, we are guaranteed that we are children of God, we are guaranteed eternal life, and are totally forgiven FORever!!! Jesus the Redeemer, redeemed us by shedding His own blood on the cross! He said “It is Finished”!! What He did for us removes guilts, fears, and ongoing condemnation. God the Father sent His son to take away the sins of the world. For anyone who believes and receives that, now enters into His Gift of Eternal Life, “paid for” in full!

That is the Gospel, the Grace and Mercy of God!!

Jesus always stands at the door of our hearts and knocks to come in. Enjoy His presence!! We believe as you receive this word, that New Life is yours!!


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