Posts Tagged ‘Sacrifice


He Carried Our Sins

Jesus went to the cross and suffered and died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He not only carried the cross, but Peter says that He actually carried our sins. He wrote in 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT):

He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.

Sin no longer has mastery over us. We don’t have to be slaves to sin any more. Will we still sin? Yes we will. Will God still forgive us? Yes He will. We may think that we are powerless against temptation and sin. That’s not true! God gives us the power to resist the temptation to do the wrong things and to do the right things instead. Jesus carried all of our sins to the cross and when He died, so did our sins. We have been healed and made whole by the scars in His hands and feet. He conquered sin and the grave to free us from sin’s power and the power of the grave. Live in that power today!


Jesus Never Sinned

Did you realize that Jesus never sinned in any way? There are many, including some of His followers, who believe that Jesus was just another imperfect human being. That’s not true! He never sinned. This is what the apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:22 (NLT):

He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.

There are two truths you need to know based on this verse. First, because Jesus never sinned, He was the perfect, unblemished sacrifice who could take away our sins once and for all. When Jesus went to the cross, He was an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to God the Father for our sins. If Jesus had sinned, He could not have taken our sins away.
Second, Jesus never lied. Here’s the good news about that truth: He still doesn’t. Jesus’ promises are as true now as they ever were. When He says He will be with us, it’s true. When He says He will forgive us, it’s true. When He says He will come back to take us to live with Him forever, it’s true. Jesus is Truth. He never lied and He still doesn’t. We can count on our perfect Savior to keep His word and to keep His promises.


Bought With Blood

We’re funny people, aren’t we? We complain about the price of goods and services, yet we get really skeptical when something is given to us free of charge. There must be something wrong with it or it seems too good to be true. There’s no such thing as a free lunch! If someone wants to buy something for you, then they must want something. Nothing is truly free in this world. Well, almost nothing. Here’s what the apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT):

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

God, in His great love and grace, paid a ransom for you. Sin and death hold the world hostage and demand payment in blood. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed and their blood temporarily satisfied the debt. God had a plan for a permanent solution. Jesus was the human sacrifice who could satisfy the debt we owed once and for all. That’s why He suffered, bled and died. We were bought with blood.


Partnering With God Through Giving

The apostle Paul let the Philippians know that their gifts supported his ministry and he was grateful for them. Their gifts were more than just a support of his work. They were a sacrifice that pleased God.

Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. – Philippians 4:17-18 (NIV)

When we give consistently, generously and sacrificially to the work of the Lord, God is pleased. The work of spreading the Gospel continues and lives are changed because of the generosity of God’s people. Our tithes and offerings that we give are a way of partnering with God to change the world with the love of Jesus. This is why giving is so important. It shows that we are grateful and that we trust God. It also shows our desire to partner with God to change lives for His glory.

Love Is Action

One of the themes of Scripture is love in action. Perhaps the most famous Bible verse, John 3:16, tells us that God put love into action. He GAVE His one and only Son. The Apostle John also writes about love in action in 1 John 3:16:

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. – 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

Jesus laid down His life to show us what love is and what love does. True love is sacrifice. If we want to demonstrate our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to lay down our lives for them. On a practical level, this means looking out for and meeting the needs of others. Whether they are emotional, spiritual or physical needs. We are to sacrifice our own desires and preferences to do what is best for someone else. That is love in action because love IS action.

Jesus Died For Everyone

Not only is Jesus our advocate before our Heavenly Father, but He is also the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did not die for just a few select people, though. Jesus died for everyone. This is what John said:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2 (NIV)

This is so important to realize as followers of Jesus. It means that EVERYONE has access to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone and everyone in the whole world can find salvation and forgiveness through our friend, Jesus. He sacrificed Himself on the cross for the sins of the whole world. So what does that mean for us in the church? We’ve got to tell the whole world about our Savior, Jesus. Everyone needs to hear about Him and His love and have the opportunity to respond to His offer of salvation by grace through faith. Who is the one person you can talk to today about your friend, Jesus? Go and tell them because everyday brings us one step closer to His return.

Husbands And Wives

The Bible calls for a special relationship between husbands and wives that sometimes creates controversy and hurt feelings. Paul says:

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. – Colossians 3:18 (NIV)

A wife is to respect her husband because she loves and submits to God first. This is God’s expectation of a wife in her relationship to her husband. Was Paul a male chauvinist pig? Not at all! In the next verse he says:

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  – Colossians 3:19 (NIV)

A husband who loves his wife sacrificially and unconditionally and is patient with her will find that he has a wife who respects him. The husband’s job is not to make his wife submit. The husband’s job is to love her as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). How did Jesus love the church? He died for the church. Husbands, if you are not willing to die to yourself daily for your wife, you are not loving her the way God intends for you to do.

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