Christ's Sacrifice for Human Redemption
TEXT: Romans 5:1-21
MEMORY VERSE: "John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Jesus’ death is the means by which God delivers or saves humankind from sin and death. The Bible refers to the shed blood of Jesus as a ransom price. (Eph. 1:7; 1 Pt. 1:18-19) Jesus said that he came “To give His life a ransom for many.”—Matthew 20:28. If Christ gave his life to save you, what are you doing to save others. This is why "Missions For Africa 2017-2020" is a very important PROJECT for every member of our ministry. If you close your heart and mind for this PROJECT, you have stood against the reason for which Jesus came into the world. Mark 16:15-20
WHY WAS THIS RANSOM FOR MANY NEEDED?
- The first man, Adam, was created perfect, or without sin. He had the prospect of living forever but lost it by choosing to disobey God. (Genesis 3:17-19)
- When Adam had children, he passed on to them the LIFE of sin. (Romans 5:12) For this reason, the Bible indicates that Adam “sold” himself and his children into slavery to sin and death. (Romans 7:14) Being imperfect, none of them could buy back what Adam lost.—Psalm 49:7-8.
- God felt compassion for Adam’s descendants in their hopeless situation. (John 3:16) However, God’s standard of justice required that He not simply overlook or excuse their sins without a valid basis. (Psalm 89:14; Romans 3:23-26) God loves mankind, so he provided the necessary legal means for their sins to be not only forgiven but also eliminated. (Romans 5:6-8) The ransom is that legal basis.
- What can I and you do today to save mankind from their sins and troubles? The answer is "Missions For Africa 2017-2020". It is just a program for four years and after that we move on unto greater things we must achieve for our God. No excuse, we must finish this project of God. Luke 9:57-62
THE THREE ELEMENTS INVOLVED IN CHRIST'S RANSOM
- It is a payment.—Numbers 3:46-47.
- It brings about a release or redemption.—Exodus 21:30.
- It corresponds to the value of what is paid for, or covers it. 1 Cor 15:21-22.
CONSIDER HOW THESE ELEMENTS APPLY TO THE RANSOM SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST.
- 1. THE PAYMENT:- The Bible says that Christians were “bought with a price.” (1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Cor. 7:23) That price is the blood of Jesus, with which He “Bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”—Revelation 5:8, 9.
- THE RELEASE:- Jesus’ sacrifice provides a “release by ransom” from sin.—1 Cor.1:30; Col. 1:14; Hebrews 9:15.
- THE CORRESPONDENCE:- Jesus’ sacrifice corresponds exactly to what Adam lost — One perfect human life. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-46) The Bible says: “Just as through the disobedience of the one man [Adam] many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one person [Jesus Christ] many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) This explains how the death of one man can pay the ransom for many sinners. In fact, Jesus’ sacrifice is “a corresponding ransom for all” those who take the steps necessary to benefit from it.—1 Timothy 2:5-6.
HOW MANY OF US ARE READY TO HELP JESUS FULFILL HIS MISSION ON EARTH
- We are not just learning about Christ death alone, we also associate it to his resurrection. This is one of the greatest events in human history. This is why we celebrate EASTER. Matt 28:1-20. This is the hope of believers. 1 Thesso. 4:13-18.
- This is our time to show the same love of Christ to mankind. We must 1.Save souls, 2. Be involved in missions and 3. Carry out other projects of the Kingdom. Do you have passion for Christ death? Show it by your action. We have three projects this year. 1. The Cathedral 2. The Muyuka Church 3. Nigeria Missionary Church. Never turn your back to it, this is the best way to celebrate Easter. 1 Cor 15:58, 1 John 4:7-21.
The only way to show the true EASTER is not just to eat and drink only, it is also to be greatly involved in the reason why Christ came to die for the world. Never forget Missions For Africa 2017-2020. Did you give anything to your pastor for this Easter. Happy Easter, Enjoy your Easter. 2 Cor 8:9, 2 Cor 9:6-15.