At the cross of Calvary, Jesus shed his precious blood to set us free. We were once aliens and slaves to sin. But the Lord Jesus paid the price on our behalf to set us free. This is what the Bible calls “redemption”. Christ redeemed us from sin.
1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”.
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.
Christ died for us to redeem us from the clutches of sin. Paul writes to the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20)
Reconciliation by the Blood of Jesus:
The Bible declares in Colossians 1:19-22, “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconcile in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless and above reproach in His sight”.
Our God is a God of love. God loved man with an eternal love. His love never changes. But, the sin has compelled God to become an opponent. Though the love of God toward man remains the same, the sin made it impossible for Him to admit man into fellowship with Himself. Therefore Christ came into this world to pay the price
In the Old Testament days, God instructed man to offer sacrifices. These animals symbolically bore the punishment of sin that the people deserved. The sacrifice had to be made over and over again.
Secondly, the gentiles were excluded from the family of God because they were not part of the old covenant.
Ephesians 2:12 says, “that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world”.
The Old Covenant was just a shadow of what was coming later. Hebrews 10:1 says, “For the law having a shadow of the good things to come and not the very image of the things can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect”.
In the New covenant, God sent Jesus to die on the cross once and for all. Hebrews 10:10 says, “…we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”. In the New Covenant, the Jews and the Gentiles were made one. There is no division between the Jews and the Gentiles. God has broken down the middle wall of separation so that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
Family of God:
Ephesians 2:13-14,16 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ”.
God made the Jews and the Gentiles fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Ephesians 2:19 says, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God”.
Thank God for our position in Christ. We are no longer strangers. We are children of the Most High God. Christ has broken the middle wall with His blood. Hallelujah!
May the Lord strengthen the relationship we have in Christ Jesus. Amen.