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Christ Paid for Our Salvation!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson


Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Hebrews 13:11-14

"The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood. Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come."

I heard a former car salesman share that he was always looking for opportunities to share the gospel, and hopefully lead someone to the Lord. As a salesman he would start out trying to sell a car, but when it was clear that the customer was not going to buy, he would ask about the customer's soul.

The conversation would go something like this:

SALESMAN: "Are you ready to meet the Lord?"

CUSTOMER: "I think so."

SALESMAN: "What makes you ready to meet the Lord?

CUSTOMER: "I'm a good person."

SALESMAN: "How good do you think you have to be?"

CUSTOMER: "Pretty good!"

SALESMAN: "How good is pretty good?"

CUSTOMER: "Pretty, pretty good!"

SALESMAN: "Do you know how good the Bible says you have to be?"

CUSTOMER: "Nope."

SALESMAN: "Perfect!"

CUSTOMER: "Who in the world is perfect?

SALESMAN: "Me!!!"

Before the customer would walk out in disgust, he would share that it was not because of his behavior or actions, but that we are made perfect through the blood of Jesus Christ. It is His perfection that makes us righteous and ready to meet the Lord.

The question often is asked: "How are we to be saved?" Jesus is the answer to man's question concerning salvation. Let me share with you some of the offices Jesus filled to provide us with a complete salvation. All are found in the book of Hebrews:

Chapter 1: Christ is our Sin-Purger! Has He purged your sins?

Chapter 2: Christ is the Captain of our Salvation! Is He your Captain?

Chapter 3: Christ is The Son over His own house! Are you part of His household?

Chapter 5: Christ is our Great High Priest! Do you worship under His direction?

Chapter 6: Christ is our Forerunner! Are you His follower or are you trying to lead?

Chapter 8: Christ is our Mediator! Is He making intercession for you?

Chapter 12: Christ is our Prince and Perfecter of Faith! Have you trusted in Him fully?

Chapter 13: Christ is our Great Shepherd! Are you the sheep of His pasture?

Because Jesus fills all of the offices mentioned above, He meets every need of every believer. We need only to come to Him in faith believing, to find rest for our souls. The unrepentant must repent and be saved. The backslider must stop the downward spiral that leads to destruction, and return to fellowship and communion with God's family.

The spiritually bankrupt will find a supply of grace and goodness that is all sufficient. It is essential that we come to Him as the lost souls that we are and allow His blood to cleanse us and make us new. We just have to come and accept Him. It is so easy, but we make it so hard. When we draw near to Him we can be assured that He will draw near to us.

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil

 

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