- Shawn Gerbers
Colossians 1 & Hebrews 2 - FREE!
Jesus died to set you free from the Devil's tyranny!
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Read Colossians 1:13-14 & Hebrews 2:14-15
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 34
Q. Why do you call Jesus “our Lord”?
not with gold or silver,
but with his precious blood—
he has set us free
from sin and from the tyranny of the devil,
and has bought us,
body and soul,
to be his very own.
Hebrews has become one of my favorite books because of its in-depth focus on the high priesthood of Jesus. It may not get the love that Romans does, but Hebrews shows how Jesus fulfilled the requirements found in the law of Moses.
The point of the Old Testament law is to show us our sin (Rom. 7:7). Unfortunately, the law cannot free us from sin. While it tells us what our sin is, and to keep ourselves from sinning, the law cannot save us.
Jesus took on flesh and blood, he shared in our humanity, so that he could break the power of sin and death. Jesus took on flesh so that he could fulfill the law and truly set us free.
We know that we cannot buy or earn our way into heaven. You cannot keep the law perfectly, and there is nothing you can do to save yourself. It is beyond your control.
The only way to be saved from your sins is by the precious blood of Jesus. Salvation is found in Christ alone. Jesus died so that you could live. Through his death and resurrection Jesus defeated sin and death. He truly sets you free.
When you become a child of God, you no longer live in the guilt of your sin. The sin that you have committed is forgiven in Jesus... it is wiped clean, when you repent. That sin that has held you back, that tells you that you are not enough, has been taken by Jesus and it is no longer yours to bear.
That is why salvation in Jesus is incredibly freeing. That sin you committed five years ago that you still think about from time to time, it is no longer yours to bear. Once you repent of your sin, Jesus forgives you. You do not need to live in shame or guilt. You are forgiven!
Not only that, but you need not fear death. As a child of God, you have been promised everlasting life. You know that death is not the end. Jesus died so that you could live. You will get to live with God in heaven for eternity. What a gift!
You call Jesus 'Lord' because with his precious blood he has set you free. You are free in Jesus. Praise be to God.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Holy God who gives us freedom;
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Help me to let go of the guilt and shame of my sin, so that I can live in the freedom you have given me
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
Read the New Testament in a year, a chapter a day - James 1