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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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The letter to the Hebrew people was one in which the writer attempts to persuade the Jewish readers to believe in Jesus as their Messiah. He compared the things of the Law to the new covenant which came with Christ and showed that the new covenant was far superior to that of the Law. This letter shows the superiority of Jesus to the Old Testament priests and high priests they were so fond of. In chapter nine and verses 11-12 we see where Jesus came into the world to become the great high priest. The old covenant with the Law of Moses was inferior to the new covenant brought about by Jesus in that it was limited to who could worship (the Jews); who could approach God (the Jews); plus it could never forgive sin or give a clear conscience to the sinner. But when Jesus came He opened the way for all people to worship; for all to approach God as well as for forgiveness of sins and to where a man could have a pure conscience before God. Jesus is our great high priest who ministers on our behalf in a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands which pictures Heaven. The Jewish sacrifices all consisted of blood from bulls, goats and other animals but Jesus sacrificed His own blood which obtained eternal redemption for us who come through faith to Him. I want to look at the thought this week on real redemption. Redemption means to pay the ransom to free someone who is in bondage. Spiritually speaking, it was Jesus who came to redeem fallen man from the curse and penalty of sin. We are all captives of this thing called sin for we were all born into it. The writer of Romans says in 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death was passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. Seeing we are born into it we need to be redeemed and set free or face the consequences and punishment of an eternal like of fire. But God has provided for us our redemption and verse 12 tells us of that redemption.
There are three things we will look at and the first one is the Person of this redemption. The word “His” in verse 12 is Jesus Christ. Someone had to pay the price for this great redemption and that would be Christ. Matthew tells us in 20:28 “Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many”. This was the purpose of His coming to earth almost two thousand years ago. He left the glories of Heaven; John 17:18. He came to a sin cursed world; Isaiah 9:6. He was born of a virgin; Isaiah 7:14. He lived a perfect life; First Peter 2:21-22. He gave His life for us; Luke 23:46. He resurrected from the dead; John 10:18 and Matthew 28:5-6. He ascended back to God; Acts 1:8-9. He is our Mediator; First Timothy 2:5. He is coming back again; Acts 1:10-11. This sums up who paid the price for our great redemption; the Lord Jesus Christ who is far greater than any old covenant promise for He fulfilled the old covenant.
The second thing we will look at is the price of this redemption. The writer says “by His own blood”. The price of this great redemption was very high. We didn’t have the ability to bring about our redemption nor could we save ourselves. First, we didn’t have the price to pay for our ransom or anyone else’s. In Psalms 49: 6-7 it is written “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him”. The price paid to redeem our souls was the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Over in First Peter 1:18-19 it says “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. Just the fact it took the blood of the precious Son of God to forgive our sins should inform us how great our sins were. So many have a misconception about their sins by saying “I’m not so bad”. But their sins are just as enormous as any other sinner’s. They must be atoned for the same way; by the blood of Jesus. Man’s sins are not forgiven by man’s rituals and ceremonies but by the precious blood of Christ.
Lastly we will look at the permanency of this redemption. The verse closes out by saying “having obtained eternal redemption for us”. This tells us we who are saved have a permanent salvation, one which is eternal. Once the ransom for your soul is paid you will never have to have another ransom paid. If that were the case then Jesus would have to come back to earth, die again and resurrect again and He isn’t going to do that. Once you pay a great price for something you are going to take care of that object aren’t you? Is Jesus any different than you or me? No; if He paid a great price for us He is going to take care of us and not let anything happen to us which is going to cause Him loss. In Jesus’ high and priestly prayer in John 17 He prayed in verse 11 “Holy Father, keep through thine own Name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are one”. Then in verse 21 “That they may be one: as Thou Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us”. If we are one in God then we are united, or glued or welded to Him and may I ask, who is able to separate us from Him?
This redemption we have is through Jesus Christ and Him only. It isn’t through anyone or anything else. The price which was paid for our redemption was the precious blood of the Lord Jesus and we will forever be redeemed and never again face condemnation for our sins. They have already been atoned for and when we came to Jesus for salvation they were all forgiven. That is real redemption.