As we noted yesterday, Jeremiah spoke of that which was to be of such significance it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. (Jeremiah 16:14-15) Has that become the “marker of the past” to encourage us regarding God’s power to deliver? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . .”?
As Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, he noted the great deliverance we have received; the “marker of the past” that ought to be of supreme significance to us. We read. . .
“(3) Grace to you and peace from god our father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (4) who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (5) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)
Upon the cross, Jesus made that supreme deliverance possible. The power of His blood has delivered us from our sins. With His sacrifice on the cross He has delivered us from bondage and the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15) In Christ, we have been delivered from the realm of darkness and brought into “(13) . . . the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 ESV)
What a glorious deliverance through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross! What could be more significant than that? That supersedes any of the deliverances from worldly kingdoms of the past. In Christ we have been delivered from the greatest oppression we could ever be under; the bondage of sin and death.
Because of Christ’s willingness to go to the cross on our behalf, we can now encourage ourselves as we say “As the LORD lives who brought me out of the bondage of sin and placed me in the realm of all His blessed promises in Christ.”
Praise God for such a deliverance as He has provided through Christ. It was a supreme deliverance made possible through a supreme sacrifice! The cross — the “marker of the past” — must be kept in mind as we continue to move on in the steps of our Lord.
Have a great day REJOICING IN THE DELIVERANCE WE HAVE RECEIVED!
“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org