Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.
And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! (Eph 1:7)
I heard a story once of an old Pastor who met a young boy in front of the Church carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously. He inquired, “Son, where did you get those birds?” The boy replied, “I trapped them out in the field.” “What are you going to do with them?” “I’m going to play with them, and then I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.”
When the Pastor offered to buy them, the lad exclaimed, “Mister, you don’t want them; they’re just little old wild birds and can’t sing very well.” The Pastor replied, “I’ll give you $2 for the cage and the birds.” “Okay, it’s a deal, but you’re making a bad bargain.” The exchange was made, and the boy went away whistling, happy with his shiny coins.
The Pastor walked around to the back of the Church property, opened the door of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue. The next Sunday, he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ’s coming to seek and save the lost—paying for them with His own precious blood.
“That boy told me the birds were not songsters,” said the Pastor, “but when I released them, and they winged their way heavenward, it seemed to me they were singing, ‘Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!’”
Thank you for saving me, Lord ...
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