Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rescue, Redeem, Save, and Set Free

Here are a few verses about the birth of Jesus that are not normally recited at Christmas time.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Galatians 1:3-5 NIV)

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. (Galatians 4:4, 5 NIV)

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21 NIV)

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14, 15 NIV)

We see the purpose of God in the birth of Jesus: “who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age”; “to redeem those under law”; “because he will save his people from their sins”; “and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Jesus was born to rescue, redeem, save and free.

Would you like this to be true of you? Rescued, redeemed, saved and freed?

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(Taken from Good News/Bad News)

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