Word 4U Today

3 Cs – GOD’S CLAIMS ON YOU (2)

 

‘…you were bought at a price…’ 1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV

 

In typical preacher style, here’s the second ‘C’ of the claims that God has on you.

Today, we’re talking about ‘Calvary’, where Jesus was crucified.

There’s a clever analogy about a father and son.

The father is a judge and his son finds himself on trial in court, guilty as charged. The father knows his son could never afford to pay. His heart breaks for him. But he’s also a judge with a job to do – he can’t just turn a blind eye to the law for the sake of his guilty son. What does the judge do?

When Christ hung beaten and bloodied at Calvary,

like a man guilty as charged,

God the Judge tore off His robes and cried,

‘Debt paid!’

‘The Lord has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west’ (Psalm 103:12 NLT). Justice done. Debt paid.

The value of something is determined by the price a buyer is willing to pay for it.

At Calvary, God was shouting right to us, to me, to you, right now – ‘This is how much I love and value you!’

Your Creator became your Redeemer. Mankind doesn’t know what it is, doesn’t understand itself at all, until it is confronted with this God. Calvary means that you have value because you belong to God, not because He wanted any sort of servant, but because He wanted you to have the truest freedom.

What now?

Look up some pictures of Jesus on the cross. See the broken figure.

Run the images through your mind, think about them, and let yourself experience any emotions you might have in response to them. Talk through how you’re feeling with God.

Joy Ferdiz

September 20th, 2013

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