Redemption in Christ

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace….” (Ephesians 1:7)

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction!” (Hosea 13:14)

Grandad had a strange and bad habit of throwing his leftovers after he had eaten on the floor. He lived with a Christian family who happened to be very patient and tolerant of his behaviour so as not to upset him. He was a materialistic person who was hardened towards God’s love and grace and would scoff at the family when grace was said before eating. “Do the beans we are about to eat need to be prayed for?”

One day he peeled an orange and recklessly threw the peels on the floor. However, as he stood, he stepped on a slippery orange peel and hurt himself very badly. He was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage. Everyone was aware that he was soon to die. His son lovingly spoke to him again of Christ’s saving grace. “Who has need of Christ?” he stubbornly replied. As he lay there, it slowly dawned on him that death was imminent. His son bent down and whispered in his ear a prayer of humbleness and confession before God. Granddad’s pale lips began to move, and he finally asked God to forgive his sins and to wash him with the blood which was shed by Jesus Christ.

The various dead ends you come to in life are only evidence of God’s love, who through your circumstances wants you to seriously consider where you stand with God; what your eternal destination will be. These dead ends show that the path outside God’s love leads to despair and destruction. God loves you and is still waiting patiently for you. But he will not be there forever. His patience will eventually run out. Grandad made it just in time. He was obviously very lucky. However, you may not be if you continue to live your life recklessly. You need to turn to Christ now before it is too late. God wants to govern your life now while you are still young and vibrant. Do not be foolish enough to let the years go by without securing your eternal destination in heaven with Jesus. God loves you and is waiting for you. It is time to act now. Open your self up to God’s redeeming love and grace.