One of my favorite devotionals is Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost for His Highest (Click the link to go to the online version). I would encourage you to read it daily, if you have time, as it is a daily devotional. They are short and sweet devotions all based on the Word of God to live a life in His Spirit. Yesterday’s devotion really ties well into what I wrote this morning on being redeemed and forgiven from all our sins. If you missed that post here it is: Who Am I? I Have Been Redeemed and Forgiven of All My Sins.

So, on to the devotion. I probably shouldn’t post the full devotion due to copyright issues, but if you click the link above that website should have all of the devotions for you to read. I do, however, wish to include an excerpt of that devotion, because it focuses on redemption. He introduces his devotion with a verse.

1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

“The Cross was not something that happened to Jesus— He came to die; the Cross was His purpose in coming. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). The incarnation of Christ would have no meaning without the Cross. Beware of separating “God was manifested in the flesh…” from “…He made Himto be sin for us…” (1 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21). The purpose of the incarnation was redemption. God came in the flesh to take sin away….. The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both.

The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 6th: The Collision of God and Sin.

When we think of redemption, who do we think of first? Sadly, it seems all too often that we think of “us” first. Yet, “the cross is not the cross of man, but the cross of God.” This means we should be directing our affections to the Savior when pondering redemption. We could do nothing to save ourselves. We contribute nothing to our salvation but the sin that made it necessary (Jonathan Edwards, italics are my editing). We owed a debt, but we could not pay it. I think the words of this hymn reflects what Christ has done for us:

He paid a debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
And now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

My debt He paid upon the cross
He cleansed my soul from all its dross
I tho’t that no one could all my sins erase
But now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

O such great pain my Lord endured
When He my sinful soul secured
I should have died there but Jesus took my place
So now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

He didn’t give to me a loan
He gave Himself now He’s my own
He’s gone to Heaven to make for me a place
And now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe by Ellis J. Crum

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Not only did he pay the debt we owe to God, he also took our place. Christ died for man, in man’s place, taking man’s sins and bearing them for man. The bearing of man’s sins takes the punishment for them and sets the believer free from the penal demands of the law: The righteousness of the law and the holiness of God are satisfied by this substitution (Isa. 53:4-12). He was pierced for our sin, he was crushed for our sin, and we deserved what he received. Yet by the grace and providence of God, Christ’s sacrifice satisfies God’s justice, pardons us from guilt, and gives us the righteousness of the Son of God.

O praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Before the Throne of God, Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892)

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