Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

God with Us – The Reason for His Coming

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Week 3 – Day 3 – Wednesday, December 14, 2016wk03d03

Read Titus 2:14; Revelation 5:9 SOAP Revelation 5:9 – To purchase for himself a people

WEDNESDAY TITUS 2:14 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. REVELATION 5:9 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation

O – The verse from Titus gives us some clarification of why Jesus came. First, He GAVE – Jesus willingly gave. He wasn’t coerced or forced to give Himself. It was a choice. Second, He gave HIMSELF. This was a sacrifice. It led to His death – and rejection by God while He bore our sin. Third, He gave Himself FOR US. He did what we could not do. We are not sinless. We are not perfect. We are not appropriate sacrifices, under the law. But Christ was. He was fully human, so He could die for our sin. He was fully divine and sinless, so He could die in place of us for our sin. Fourth, He REDEEMED us from lawlessness. He paid the price to redeem us from the bondage of slavery, much like the common practice of that day, of redeeming a slave to buy their freedom. He bought our freedom with His blood, shed for us. Fifith, He PURIFIED for Himself a people. By His death, we are purified from our sins. We are now cleansed from unrighteousness, and seen as pure in God’s eyes. Sinless. Unstained. Pure. Finally, this was done so we could be “zealous for good works.” To live a life worthy of this gift. To, in response, to “do good.” Not legalistically, but as a response of gladness and gratefulness.

What should our response be? That is seen in Revelation…. To “sing a new song.” To say, “Worthy are You…. For You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God….”

A – What an unspeakable blessing it is to be the recipient of such a gift! To be redeemed. To be bought back – and reinstated as God’s child! TO think that Jesus, the Son of God, GAVE Himself, gave HIMSELF, gave Himself FOR US. He did not have to. He wasn’t begged to. He willingly gave Himself. He died in my place. To buy me back. To make me pure. To reinstate me as God’s child.
What should MY response be? To live a life that glorifies God. To “sing a new song” of praise. To be “zealous for good works.” To live in a state of grace, bestowing it to others. To be thankful. To revel in that freedom that He bought. To be pure, sanctified, holy. To walk, day by day, aware of His working – and continual working to make me holy.

Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, let ever ever praise Thee.

P – Father God, my response seems so small, compared to the great price that Christ paid for me. Even thank You is too small for such a gift, a costly gift of His life, for mine. Father, may I “sing” today for You – living my life in response to Christ’s work. May I, too, sing “sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise. Let all within me praise His holy name.” Make my life a song of praise – in each thing I do, in response to You.

O Holy Night (Josh Groban) –

O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night
Of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt His worth
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, oh night divine

Chains shall He break
For the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, let ever ever praise Thee
Noël, Noël
Oh night, Oh night divine
Noël, Noël
Oh night, Oh night divine
Noël, Noël
Oh, oh night, oh night divine


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