October 15, 2021
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:22-23
At Romans 6:22 the apostle Paul began to teach the called out community at Rome why Jesus came. He said that Jesus came to redeem mankind from Satan’s Pawn shop.
In the beginning God created! At the sound of his voice the sun began to shine. At the sound of his voice the stars began to glow. At the sound of his voice galaxies were hurled into orbit. At the sound of his voice very small organisms became animated… The air was pure. The water was untainted and life was perfect. Then God created Adam and Eve and after fashioning them with his own hands he infused them with his own breath. He created Adam and Eve to be in relationship with him and to be stewards of his creation.
But then Satan entered the story; twisting the words of God and promising a better life. Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lies and by so doing lost fellowship with God. No longer were Adam and Eve fit for God’s family but now they had been placed on a shelf in the pawn shop of Satan. They remained on that shelf for thousands of years because no one could pay the price of redemption.
Patriarchs tried but they really could not pay Satan’s price of redemption.
Prophets tried but they could not pay Satan’s price of redemption.
Priest tried but they could not pay Satan’s price of redemption.
But then Jesus showed up at a place called Calvary and he claimed us as his property.
He claimed you by becoming like you.
He claimed you by being rejected by you.
He claimed you by walking the way you could not walk.
He claimed you by living a way you could not live.
He claimed you by going to a place called Calvary and covering your sins with his innocent blood.
Because of his work at Calvary’s cross Satan had to take you down from the shelf of his pawn shop and release you to your redeemer, Jesus the Christ. Are you living as though you’ve been redeemed?
Yours In Community Transformation.
Rev. Gillard S. Glover
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