Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
My Lord, My RedeemerColossians 1: 14-23
“ In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”
Praise the Lord! As we complete our great lent in a few weeks, let us continue to be fearful of our lord and await his second coming. Today's devotion is taken from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. I would like to focus on the 14th verse of this epistle, “ In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”
About a few years ago I was watching CNN and saw a story that caught my attention. The story was about a man whose grandmother has been killed by a woman. It had been 30 years since the murder. The news article talked about how the woman had been released from the jail and the person to pick her up was the grandson of the murder victim.
The two had become pen pals for twenty years, writing to his grandmother’s killer in prison. The grandson says that knowing his grandmother, she would have been horrified by the hatred her grandson had towards her killer and what had happened over the last couple of years. This personally shocked me because I would not have capable of the redemption that he applied to the murderer of his grandmother. As murder is one of the moral wrongdoings in the 10 commandments, this shows that a person's hatred can be great, but their capability of redemption will always be greater.
In the Bible, the Holy Gospels describe that the most important act of redemption was Christ giving up his life on the cross in order for our sins to be forgiven. In order to become clean of our mortal sins, we must confess our sins to God so that he may redeem us. Redemption is the action of saving or being saved from sin, and in our lives, it is sometimes hard for us to confess our problems to God. I know in my personal life I have sinned against God and his commandments. If guilt tries to hurt me from inside, I confess to God my wrongs and hope that there is redemption waiting for me.
Sacrifice also plays a major role in the path of redemption. In order for us to know about Jesus, his disciples had to witness his death and his sacrifice for the world’s sins. Once we sacrifice something because of our sinful actions, we can fully begin to recognize our sin and confess. Confession leads to redemption, which will lead us to our salvation. Ultimately, redemption all depends on our willingness to confess and repent of our sins before God and live our lives for the glory of God.
Lord, help us to realize the cost of our redemption and lead our lives as honest witnesses in this world.
Thought for the day
“I thought I could have leaped from earth to heaven at one spring when I first saw my sins drowned in the Redeemer’s blood” – Charles Spurgeon
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, New York