One of the greatest man made inventions of all time is duct tape. When in the military as a mechanic we fixed many things on the go with that tape and a sledge hammer. Those are great for temporary fixes until the right materials can be found to repair the problem. There is one thing that we cannot fix, our sins. Sin keeps us in the dark and away from a relationship with the Father. No matter what we do, nothing on this earth can redeem us.
Because of sin and the separation from God, He gave us a way to be forgiven without paying for it ourselves. The sacrifice of an innocent unblemished lamb covered us. The blood of the lamb poured out onto the altar and was taken and sprinkled on it as well. This was the gift of God’s Grace but we had to be truthfully repentant of our sins and do our best not to continue in them. Now it is written that God actually abhors the sacrifice and shedding of innocent blood which is one of the many reasons He came to us through His Son Jesus. First to teach us His righteousness and what He expects of us, and secondly to end (fulfill) the sacrificial laws. By doing this, our debt to sin was paid in full.
In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him. Colossians 2:10-15 (ESV)
Jesus paid it all. He fixed the damage done by sin the only way possible, with nails. But the nails, the spear, and the crown from which the blood poured onto the earth were only the physical part of our redemption, Jesus fought the Devil and won because death could not hold Him. He knew the right tools for the job and only He had access to them.
Because of Jesus we are no longer bound by the chains that hold us. Because of Jesus we have a direct line to the Father. Because of Jesus, we have eternal life. All He requires of us is to believe, trust, and have faith in Him. All He requires of us is to live a right life by living out His example and doing as He asks of us. We must be in Christ we cannot just believe and be good.
We Live because He Died, do not let His death be in vain by ignoring His teachings. We Live because He Defeated Death and broke the chains that bind us. We Live because He Lives and we can face every day with the knowledge that we are redeemed, we are saved by His Grace and Mercy. Do not waste it share it. Love one another as HE continues to Love us.
Rob, Servant of God