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  Looking Unto Jesus Day 2

 

Looking unto Jesus crucified to find in His shed blood our ransom, our pardon, our peace.

I can’t imagine the distress of the hostage or the slave.  I do not know the panic of a condemned man who counts down the days to his execution.  I do know that any peace they may ultimately receive would not come from a cheery thought but from a reversal of their situation.  Jesus Christ is our peace because his blood pays our ransom and sets us captives free.  His righteousness assures our pardon and gets us off of death row and out of sin’s jail altogether.  Where do I first catch sight of this peace that comes with freedom?  Strangely enough the sight of my freedom comes to me when I see another one bound.  My freedom comes by way of the cross where the Lord was nailed, a prisoner of my pain and punishment.  “Looking unto Jesus crucified…”

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”    Romans 5:1,2

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”  Galatians 5:1

Can We Pray?  “Oh God I want live in the holy liberty the Lord Jesus came to give me;  To be no longer a slave to sin but a slave unto righteousness, a slave of love unto Jesus Christ my liberator, my peace.  May my testimony be more and more like that of Charles Wesley.  “Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in chains and nature’s night.  Thine eye defused a quickening ray.  I woke the dungeon flamed with light.  My chains fell off.  My heart was free.  I rose; went forth and followed Thee.”  In Jesus name.  Amen”

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