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The Wednesday Word: The God Who is not in Hiding

In Christ Jesus, God has brought His righteousness near (Isaiah 46:13). Therefore, when telling others of His salvation we need to stress that salvation is not some distant and mysterious thing that we have to work hard to obtain. We don’t have to coax God to come near to us. We don’t have to, for example, experience the ‘warm fuzzies’ about God in order to get saved. ‘Warm Fuzzies’ will not bring salvation any nearer than it already is. Waiting until we feel good about God before we receive salvation is just another form of legalism. Salvation has already been accomplished (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is finished!

God Himself tells us to call upon His name (Psalm 105:1) for to call upon Him is to believe on Him and to believe on Him is to rest in Him. (Romans 10:13; Romans 4:24; Acts 16:31).

As we gossip the gospel, we don’t offer people a long list of duties to do, or feelings to be formed to make God think well of us. The gospel is not about our work; rather it is the good news of the work and person of the cross, apart from and outside of us in history. Our saving work, if you would like to call it that, is to believe on Him … the One who has accomplished salvation on our behalf. (John 6:29).

God has already brought His salvation near. God is not in hiding. He has declared Himself in the person and work of the Lord Jesus (John 1:18).

When faith activates, it causes us to cease working to earn God’s favour. Faith sees that, for favour, we do nothing other than rest on the fact that all has been already accomplished on behalf of the believer.

Faith, however, does not complete our salvation; rather it embraces the salvation that has already been accomplished. Faith embraces the fact that Jesus Christ alone has paid for us and rescued us at the cross. Faith sees that this work has been successfully finished (Matthew 1:21; John 19:30).

Again, we must stress that salvation is not a matter of Christ plus faith (Acts 4:12). We must continually stress this truth because it is on this very point that so many depart from the gospel. Such people are sincere, they call themselves Christians, but they are not in the gospel. They believe that their faith makes them acceptable to God. It’s a common error. Nevertheless, to believe in Christ plus faith for acceptance is to nullify the finished work.

So, let’s say it again, although we are saved through faith, faith is not our Saviour. Our Saviour is Jesus Christ plus nothing. (John 14:6)! He is the object of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2). He alone is our rescuer. What faith does is to take hold of Jesus and His accomplishments and makes them our own. Faith grasps that our saving righteousness is not in us, but outside of us in Christ Jesus.

Faith does not bring salvation into existence, nor does it produce the righteousness by which God justifies us. What faith does, however, is to take something that is already in existence and enables us to reckon it as being our own!

Some years ago an aging Christian lady lay dying in hospital. The new minister of a certain church came on visitation to the ward and mistakenly thought this dying lady was a member of his flock. Approaching her he said, “My dear lady, I’m here to absolve you of your sins,” to which the woman sternly replied, “Let me see your hands” “My hands?” questioned the astonished priest. Reluctantly the priest proffered his hands and the old lady examined them. At length she released them, looked at the man and said, “Sir I perceive you to be an impostor: the only man who can absolve me of my sins has nail scars in his hands.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Jesus: Our Gospel!

The Lord Jesus is God’s good news from heaven about Himself. (Titus 2:13). He is our gospel.

Listen to the good news in its fullness. Christ was prophesied. Christ was born. Christ was sinless. Christ lived. Christ was crucified. Christ died. Christ was buried. Christ rose again from the dead. Christ ascended to heaven. Christ sat down in cosmic authority as our ever-living High Priest and Christ is coming back (see, 1 Corinthians 15:1ff; Romans 1:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 10:12; 1John 2:1; Hebrews 7:25).

These are the great facts of the good news. They are few and simple; so simple that any among us can understand them. Yet these statements, although unassuming, have profound meaning. They are treasure chests that contain the riches of heaven. They are brief statements, but God’s wisdom is bound up in them. Indeed, these facts of the gospel are so simple that a child can grasp them, yet they are so deep that the intelligence of the world cannot refute them.

The gospel of Christ alone brings eternal salvation. (Romans 1:16). With respect, the collective wisdom of Confucius, Buddha and Mohamed could not cause one guilty person to be acquitted before God. But the gospel is different. In the gospel, we see that there are no lengths to which the Lord will not go to rescue His people powerfully and effectively. (Titus 2:13).

We, as believers, have the privilege to daily preach the gospel to ourselves. When we hear this gospel, something deep inside us reaches out to trust the truths that are unfolded therein. As we listen to the gospel, we learn to rest our total confidence on the risen Christ, His doing, dying and rising again.

In the gospel we discover the revelation of the name (the character and essence) of God. It is written, “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee.”(Psalm 9:10). How can anything be simpler? Salvation is in Christ alone. He Himself is the good news. He Himself is the exegesis of God. (John 1:18). He is God in human flesh appearing. (1 Timothy 3:16). In short, He is our gospel!

There’s an excellent text in 2 Timothy 1:12 where the apostle says, “… for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” Notice the phrase, “I know whom I have believed.” Many years ago, ‘Rabbi’ Duncan the then Professor of Hebrew at New College, Edinburgh, was discussing this particular text with his class. One of the students quoted it saying, “I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded.”

Immediately, Professor Duncan stopped him and said, “Repeat that text.”

The student said, “I know in whom I have,”

“My dear sir,” interrupted ‘Rabbi’ Duncan, “you must never let even a preposition come between you and your Saviour.” It’s “I know whom I have believed.”

Yes indeed! We must never let even a preposition come between us and our Saviour!

He is our Saviour. He is our gospel.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Christ Jesus … the Revelation

Because Christ died and rose again, we have grace abounding towards us each day. (2 Corinthians 9:8). Unfortunately, we don’t always remember that this is the case. Indeed, we often forget the abounding grace which is ours each day.

One way this demonstrates itself is that many who claim to be believers spend their lives jumping from one new Christian fad to the next. They seem to be ever looking for some new and better experience. They pay lip service to our great Substitute, but when it comes to centering their lives on Him and His objective gospel, they say they must have something more.

Apparently, the person of Christ and His cross are not ‘deep’ enough. The gospel is for beginners, they say, and now they must go on to maturity. Thus, they reject that Christ Himself is the very wisdom and power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24). Patronizingly they sneer at the fulfillment and unfolding of the eternal purposes of God in Christ. (Ephesians 3:11).

But the truth is, Christ Jesus is entirely amazing. If we ever caught a glimpse of His glory we would be totally awestricken. Indeed, as believers, our growth in grace comes through beholding His glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18). Also, the more we know of the glory of His person, work and offices, the more we will be totally satisfied with the gospel provision which God has made for us in Him.

It always strikes me as odd that so many professing believers make so little of Jesus. After all, He is the revelation of the eternal God and it is only as we know Him that we can know God. Job 22:21 tells us, “Acquaint thyself now with him and be at peace.” But how do we acquaint ourselves with God apart from Christ? It’s impossible! Christ the man is the revelation of God. (John 14:9). What an opportunity we have to, therefore, meditate much on God in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures!

If we look closely enough, we will discover that the attributes of God can be discovered in the Lord Jesus. He is the one mediator between both God and man. Indeed, the revelation of God comes through Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5).

Christ is the Door. (John 10:9). Doors either let people in or keep people out. When Christ claims to be the door, one of the things He is stating is that the knowledge of God comes to us exclusively through Him. He is the full and final revelation of God.

Christ Jesus is the amazing revelation.

He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him. (John 14:10).

He that has seen Him has seen the Father. (John 14:9, John 1:18).

He is “God manifest in flesh.” (1 Timothy 3:16).

His name is “Emmanuel,” God with us. (Matthew 1:23),

He is the “Saviour.” (2 Timothy 1:10).

He is the “Christ.” (Matthew 1:16).

He is the anointed One, filled with the Spirit without measure. (Jn 3:34).

He is “the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).

He is the one who lovingly took our damnation. (Romans 8:1).

He is this same one Who is with us. (Matthew 1:23);

Above us. (Psalm 57:11).

Beneath us. (Deuteronomy 33:27).

Before us. (Isaiah 52:12).

Within us. (1Colossians 1:29)

He is all around us. (Psalm 125:2).

He is “the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person.” (Hebrews 1:3).

As we learn to focus on Him and His glory, we will discover how to not focus on ourselves. It is then that we will be fully satisfied with the gospel blessings of abounding grace and life that come through Him alone.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: The Bringer of Salvation

Titus 2:11 … the Grace of God that brings Salvation.

In Titus 2:11 we see that grace, not Law, brings salvation. I love the word “brings” in this verse. God did not merely send salvation, He brought it. He didn’t entrust the bringing of salvation to anyone other than Himself. He by-passed the angles and archangels refusing to use them as His messengers in this matter. I think I see Him talking to Gabriel and saying, “Gabriel, you are a trustworthy servant, both faithful and true, but I cannot send salvation with you. Furthermore, faithful as they are, I must also bypass the seraphim and cherubim and every heavenly being for I must, by Myself, bring salvation to my people.”

Consider Him, stepping out of eternity and into time and descending to earth.

He came down to rescue us.

Down, down, down He descends to fertilize the Virgin’s womb. Down, down He comes to take His place as the tiniest of embryos in the Virgin’s womb.

Down He comes from heaven to be born among us.

Down He comes into the midst of our rebellion and misery. Down, down He comes to become the servant. Down, down He comes till He becomes our substitute at the cross. And there at the cross, He was wounded for our transgression and bruised for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5).

There at the cross, as a man, He intercepted the wrath of God that was headed straight for us. There at the cross, He who knew no sin was reckoned as sin on our behalf. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The grace of God has indeed brought salvation. Our gracious Saviour didn’t stand in heaven and shout, “Come up to heaven and, if you are able to climb this far, I will save you.” No indeed, He came here to seek and to save that which was lost, and it was only when He had made His descent from the heavenly realms that He said, “Come unto me.” (Matthew 11:28).

He is Wonderful! Don’t you think so?

Like the good Samaritan of old, (Luke 10), Jesus came to where we were and brought salvation with Him.

He came to where we were and found us dead in trespasses and sin. (Ephesians 2:1).

He came to where we were to save us, to die for us and to rise again for us. And, today, He continues to come to where we are, to, by His Spirit, raise us up to new life.

Salvation is all by grace.

We would do well to remember, however, that our only qualification for His grace is our sinfulness. Our only plea is that we are ruined. He will not accept any attempt, on our part, to save ourselves, for it is His grace alone that brings salvation.

“But don’t we need faith?” Yes indeed, faith takes hold of an already accomplished salvation, but we don’t depend on our faith or the fact that we have it. No indeed, we don’t depend on the fact that we have been converted to Christ or that we are resting on the fact that we have had a change of our heart. No indeed, we depend on the wonderful person of the Lord Jesus, the One who lived and died in our place. He is the Saviour; He is the bringer of Salvation. (Isaiah 61:10). He is the grace of God. He is Wonderful!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: The Wounds of Jesus

Charles Spurgeon when preaching a sermon on the wounds of Jesus told the following story. He said,

‘There were two elderly monks in different cells in their monastery. They were studying the Bible together. One of them came to faith in Jesus and he believed on Christ with a true evangelical faith. The other one was timid and could scarcely think it true; the scheme of salvation seemed so great to him he could scarcely lay hold upon it.

But, at last, he came to the point of death, and he sent for the other to come and sit by him, and to shut the door; because if the superior had heard of that of which they were about to speak, he might have condemned them both.

When the monk had sat down, the sick man began to tell how his sins lay heavy on him; the other reminded him of Jesus.

“If you would be saved, brother, you must look to Jesus who hung upon the cross. His wounds must save.”

The dying man heard and believed. He trusted in Christ alone. Almost immediately afterward, the superior came in with the priests; and they began to grease him in extreme unction. This poor man tried to push them away; he wanted nothing to do with the ceremony, and as well as he could he expressed his dissent. At last, he called out in Latin, “Tu vulnera Jesu! Tu vulnera Jesu!” … ”Thy wounds, oh Jesus! thy wounds, oh Jesus!” … He then clasped his hands, then lifted them to heaven, fell back and died.

Oh, I would that many a Protestant would die with these words on their lips. There was the fullness of the gospel in them. Thy wounds, oh Jesus! thy wounds; these are my refuge in my trouble. Oh may you be helped to believe in His wounds! They cannot fail; Christ’s wounds must heal those that put their trust in Him.

From the sermon, ‘The Wounds of Jesus.’ (adapted)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, January 30, 1859, New Park Street Pulpit Volume 5.

This dear monk had come to know who Jesus was. He had come to know that we are not saved by anything that we can do, but by that which the God/Man has already done for us.

“Tu vulnera Jesu!” We are not saved by what we have suffered, but by what Christ has endured.

“Tu vulnera, Jesu!”

Our everlasting hope was hung upon the cross. In His doing, dying and rising again is all our acceptance before God.

We are called to trust in Christ in life and in death.

Jesus, the Lamb went to Gethsemane and there sweat drops of blood.

He went on to Gabbatha to the judgment and there, from the wounds received from the crown of thorns and the beatings came streams of blood.

Then at Golgotha, on the cross, came rivers of blood.

He was wounded for our transgressions (Isaiah 53 3).

The hymn writer wrote a beautiful verse that has refreshed the hearts of many for hundreds of years. It says;

‘Five bleeding wounds He bears,

Received on Calvary;

They pour effectual prayers,

They strongly plead for me;

“Forgive him oh forgive,” they cry,

“That ransomed sinner must not die.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: The Unspeakable Christ

“And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;). “ How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Corinthians 12: 3-4).

I am going to attempt to do the impossible. In these next few lines, I’m going to endeavour to speak about the unspeakable One, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul had been transported to paradise and there he heard unspeakable things. He was, it seems, overwhelmed with the reality of the invisible God made visible in the Lord Jesus. I have some friends who think that the pinnacle of spirituality is to speak in tongues, but when Paul was confronted with the exalted Christ, he couldn’t speak at all.

And yet there are some thrilling things which we can yet say about our Saviour for He has left His imprint and record in the scriptures. May we yet become speechless when we meditate on the glory of God in His person. May we know something of the joy unspeakable which is full of glory (1 Peter 1:8). So, let’s for a few moments consider God’s unspeakable gift (see 2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV).

He came that we might have life (John 10:10).

He is the beginning of life (John 1:3).

He is the source of life (Acts 17:25).

He is the giver of life (John 10:28).

He is the bread of life (John 6:35).

He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

Jesus is the promised seed (Genesis 3:15).

He is the seed who bruised the serpent’s head (Revelation 12:9).

He is Abraham’s promised seed (Galatians 3:16).

He is the One in whom all the nations are blessed (Galatians 3:8).

He is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15).

He is the salvation of His people (Titus 2:14).

He is the rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:1).

He is the Second Man (I Corinthians 15:47).

He is the Last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45.

He is the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).

He is the Almighty which was and is and is to come (Revelation 1:8).

He gives life to the dead (Ephesians 2;1).

He is the deliverer of those in bondage, the healer of the broken heart and rest to the weary (Isaiah 61:1-3

He is the general who never lost a battle (John 6:33).

He is the lawyer who never lost a case (Romans 5:9).

He is the shepherd who never lost a sheep (Luke 15:3–7).

He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

He is the true Temple (John 2:13-22)

He is the altar (Hebrews 13:10).

He is the offerer ( Hebrews 9:14).

He is the offering (Hebrews 9:26).

He is the slain lamb (Revelation 5:9).

He is the lamb without blemish and without spot (Hebrews 9:14.

He is the one who by himself purged our sins (Hebrews 1:3).

He destroyed the works of the devil (1John3:8).

He abolished death (2 Timothy1:10).

He rose from the grave (Romans 6:9).

He ascended into glory (Acts 1:9-12).

In summary, He is our surety, our Ransom, our apostle and High Priest. He is the God/Man, the exegesis of the Father, the brightness of the Father’s glory, the one whom angels worship, the crown of glory, the King of kings, and the Lord of Lords.

It is no wonder that the hymn writer wrote,

I stand amazed in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene

And wonder how he could love me

A sinner condemned unclean

May we yet become more and more astonished and amazed by the Lord Jesus. May we yet become speechless in His glorious presence.

And that is the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: More Light from Old Windows

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

It is an old story, but for some of us it will always be new. It’s the story of how Jesus died for His people. It’s the story of how He died for me. Is it your story too?

In heaven they sing about this story as they proclaim, “You are worthy to take the book and to open its seals: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood,” (Revelation 5:9).

Redeemed by blood … His blood … what a stunning truth! And Peter tells us that it is precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19). The blood is precious to the heart of God and is precious to every believer.

In the gospels, God gives us 4 different accounts of the death of the Lord Jesus.

Once we are told the story of Creation.

Twice we are told the account of Jesus’ birth.

But God, not wishing us to miss anything, gives 4 accounts of Christ’s death.

When Jesus died, the religious rulers had their way, but little did old Joe Caiaphas and the boys know that the Scriptures were actually being fulfilled while the Lord Jesus was hanging on the cross (see Isaiah 53, Psalm 22).

Look at the cross. Pilate had affixed a notice over the Saviour’s head saying, “This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King, of the Jews.”

Good for you Mr. Pilate! We would congratulate you if we could but what you said was only a little … but not a lot. You see, Jesus was far more than King of the Jews. He was the King of kings, and Lord of lords, He was God manifest in the flesh.

Yet there He was hanging on a cursed cross. And listen, listen to the rabble as they mock Him. Look, look at the soldiers as they gamble for His clothes.

He was dying but He didn’t have to.

We have the sentence of death in us. We are sinners and sin brings death (Romans 6:23). That’s why if the Lord tarries we will all someday be corpses. The seed of death is in us. But one of the wonderful truths revealed in God’s Gospel is that the One on whom death had no claim actually died. He it was who alone had life in Himself (John 5:29), and that life He voluntarily laid down for us (John 10:11).

At the cross, Jesus took up “the question of our sin. He was mocked, ridiculed, betrayed by a false friend, denied by a true one, forsaken by almost all yet He bore His people’s sins and judgment as He satisfied the justice of the Father.

Then, at the end, as He bowed His head and gave up the ghost He declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Another gospel tells us that He yielded up the ghost when He had cried again with a loud voice” (Matthew 27:50).

Notice that His voice was loud. It was full strength. The person who dies after a time of suffering is usually exhausted when they eventually expire. You can tell it in their voice. But in Jesus, we see a man who gave up His life in His full strength, and in the moment of departure called out, “It is finished.”

What was finished? I can’t tell you everything; no one I know can fully answer that question. Here are but a few suggestions.

He had come to glorify God … “It is finished.”

He had come to break the power of Satan … “It is finished.’’

He had come to accomplish redemption … “It is finished,”

He had come to give His life as a ransom for many … “It is finished.”

He had come to fulfill the righteous demands of the Father … “It is Finished.”

The three greatest words in the English language are, “It is finished.” If we think we have something to do to gain salvation we have not yet learned that ‘it is finished.’ The truth is, Jesus got there first! We are saved by His doing and dying and rising again.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: Jesus Christ: Martyr or Sacrifice?

September 29, 2021 Leave a comment

The definition of a martyr is that of someone who suffers death for advocating, or refusing to renounce, a religious or political belief or cause. A sacrifice on the other hand is a religious rite in which someone or something is offered to a divinity to establish, maintain, or restore a right relationship between humans and that deity.

Jesus was not a martyr. He was a sacrifice.

The Lord Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice (Hebrews 10:12). In doing so He demonstrated His teaching of John 15:13, “Greater love has no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus died as a sacrifice to bring us back into relationship with God and He did so voluntarily. During His life, He moved events in accordance with His eternal purposes. He was, always in full control! Likewise, with His death, He was in charge. Listen to the Master as He tells the disciples of events which must surely come to pass. He says, “Therefore, doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. (John 10:17-20).

What a declaration from the God/man. Speaking as a man, He implied that, rather than being killed as a martyr, He would voluntarily lay down His own life. No wonder His hearers accused Him of being demon possessed and insane. But He was the God/ man, fully human and fully God. When He spoke in terms of being subject to the Father that doesn’t mean He was less than God. It simply meant that He was speaking as a man.

By the way, please don’t ever say Jesus was a good man but not God. If He was not God, He was the vilest of vile blasphemers … no ifs, ands or buts.

Jesus willingly gave Himself as a propitiation … (a sacrifice which turns away the wrath of God). He had foretold He would do this very thing when He said, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

What a wonderful purpose! He was no martyr helplessly being tossed along by uncontrollable events.

Through His death believers are cleansed from all sin! What immense power!

Dr. Joseph Cook, speaking at the first Parliament of World Religions at Chicago in 1893, pictured Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth rubbing her hands and lamenting, “Will these hands ne’er be clean?” She had blood on her hands from her part in murder, and Cook questioned, “What religion can wash Lady Macbeth’s hands?” He continued, by stating that, other than Christianity there is no religion in the world, that has the power to remove that bloody spot from Lady Macbeth’s hand. But Christ can remove that stain. Then Cook quoted the scripture, “…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:7).

The truth is, the only way you can ever be clean before God is to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

That’s the message for today. It’s not a new message, it’s not a modern message, it’s the old, old story of Jesus and his love – but it’s as new a message today as it has ever been!

Only the blood of Jesus Christ poured out at Calvary can cleanse from the guilt and power of sin. It completely removes all sins past, present and future.

Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice to successfully reconcile us to the Father. He never was a Martyr!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: A GREAT RANSOM

1 Timothy 2:6 tells us that Jesus “gave himself as a ransom.”

Now, to ‘stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance,’ a ransom is a price paid to purchase someone’s freedom. And that’s what Jesus did for His people when He died on the cross.

In A.D. 1193, the King of England, Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was returning from leading a crusade to the Holy Land. As he journeyed through Europe, Leopold V of Austria captured him and demanded a ransom for Richard’s release. The ransom price demanded was to be the equivalent value of three tons of silver … an enormous demand. But the people of England loved their king and they submitted to extra taxation, and many nobles donated their fortunes for Richard’s release. After many months, the money was raised, paid and King Richard returned to England. That’s where we get the expression, “a King’s Ransom.”

But to believers, the term “a King’s Ransom” could better be applied to the tremendous price Jesus, the King of Kings, paid for us on the cross. King Jesus wasn’t being ransomed. He wasn’t being held in captivity. It was His people who were in prison. This King paid the ransom so that His people would be set free.

Jesus said, “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10: 45). In saying this, He not only showed His love for us but also declared one of the great purposes of His incarnation. Up to this point in man’s history, the solemn word of the Psalmist had been true, “None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” (Psalm 49: 7). Every man was a captive servant of sin and needed redemption. But no one could redeem his brother before God, for he himself needed redemption. So, in due time, the Saviour arrived. Being Himself sinless, He was free from the sentence of death. He was uniquely qualified to become the ransom.

He came.

He died on the cross.

He bore our sins.

He sustained our judgment.

He drank the cup of wrath to the very dregs.

In being our ransom, Jesus made atonement for sin before God, defeated Satan in his own domain … death … broke the bonds of the tomb, arose victorious, and ascended in righteousness to the very throne of God, where, as a Man, He now sits.

This is good news indeed! Jesus promised He would give His life “a ransom for many.” The ransom has been paid and the believer is delivered from going down to the pit; (Job 33:24).

So, let me ask you, “Are you ransomed?

If not, or if you are not sure, let me urge you to believe the gospel. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be your saviour.

It is with sadness I tell you that those who die without Christ will taste the wrath of God. Are you prepared to face the inevitable consequences of rejecting Christ?

I urge you flee from the wrath to come (Romans 5:9)!

There has been a great ransom paid for believers by the Lord Jesus Christ. His word to us is “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” He is our Ransom. We have been paid for in full!

“Here is love, vast as the ocean,

Lovingkindness as the flood

When the Prince of Life, our Ransom

Shed for us His precious blood.”

William Rees

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: It is Finished (Part 3)

If you want to be effective as you serve the Lord Christ, never tire of hearing and applying the gospel. In the light of the cross, we can learn to agree with the old Puritan preacher, John Flavell, who, when speaking of Jesus, declared,

“The condemnation was Thine, that the justification might be mine.

The agony was Thine, that the victory might be mine.

The pain was Thine, that the ease might be mine.

The stripes Thine, that the healing balm issuing from them might be mine.

The vinegar and gall Thine, that the honey and the sweet might be mine.

The curse was thine, that the blessing might be mine.

The crown of thorns was Thine, that the crown of glory might be mine.

The death was Thine, that the life purchased by it might be mine. You paid the price, that I might enjoy the inheritance.”

It is Finished! We were lost and condemned by sin. We could not perfectly and fully satisfy the demands of an all-holy God. But in grace, Christ’s doing and dying were imputed to us and declared us without fault before God. Why? Because ‘It is Finished!’

What a complete and perfect thing is the righteousness of God in Christ! Every believer is credited with this righteousness. Listen to me, it is neither a righteousness that looks like Christ’s righteousness nor a righteousness that is similar to Christ’s righteousness, but it is the actual righteousness of Christ that is reckoned to us.

Let the searching eye of the all-holy and jealous God turn it every way, view it from every side, and there will not be found the least flaw or defect in it. Let God the Judge thoroughly weigh it and examine it, and it will always appear pure and perfect, containing in it all that is necessary for our salvation. It is Finished!

But how do we get this righteousness? How does it become ours? What must we do to obtain it? The answer is it is ours by FAITH ALONE!

Faith alone is how we approach God. Faith alone receives our new verdict from heaven. But faith in what? It is not faith in the fact that we have faith. No indeed! We are saved by faith alone in Christ … the One who finished the work of our redemption.

When Jesus lived and died for us, He paid every debt sin had created. And God now reckons that salvation has been accomplished.

It is Finished.

All is paid in full.

What is done is done.

Our debt of sin is cancelled.

We are complete in Him.

However, because many of us are accustomed in this world to time payments (buying a thing and paying it off bit by bit), we bring that system over into our spiritual life. We think that, yes Jesus died on the cross for me, but I need to contribute something. If God sees that I am serious about keeping His Law or sees that I have some holy affections or that I am carrying out some form of service and working at improving myself then, if He takes note of these things, He will be doubly sure to open up heaven’s door for me!

Away with this blasphemous thinking! It is an abomination to God!

Let’s listen again to Jesus, “IT IS FINISHED!”

The way to God is now open in Jesus Christ because IT IS FINISHED!

Our sins are gone because IT IS FINISHED!

We have full assurance of faith because IT IS FINISHED!

Dear Believer, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you!! Your debts have all been paid through the blood of Calvary. Your conscience is now cleansed, you have eternal life and all because IT IS FINISHED!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com