In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings, according to the riches of His grace.
Jesus’ blood has changed everything for us. On the cross, we were given access to God through the blood of Christ. If we trust Him as our savior, then we are judged according to the riches of His grace and not according to our own sin as we deserve.
In this most mysterious and marvelous exchange, we are judged according to Christ instead of our own merit. In a world where we can never really get away from our past, Christ redefines our future based on His own character. This grace is foreign to the brokenness around us. In Christ, our lives are purchased and traded in for something of kingdom significance. In Christ, all our offenses are forgiven—never counted against us again. In Christ, we are judged by His goodness and not our lack.
Because this is true, we don’t have to carry the weight of who we used to be. We don’t have to live according to our flesh. We are free to live and walk in Jesus’ forgiveness, according to His riches. His riches are unending and overflowing. His blood is the greatest proof of the abundant redemption the psalmist spoke of generations before. (See Psalm 130:7.) Yet, we often fail to take hold of the riches that have been given to us in Christ. We cling instead to the vestiges of our past, thinking wrongly that they define us forever. But we have been made fully new by the blood of Jesus. The old has gone and the new has come. (See 2 Cor. 5:17.) The hope that we have for a future that is brighter than our past is that His grace, His blood, and His redemption pave the way.
- How has Christ redeemed you personally? How have you been freed from your past?
- How are you tempted to continue to live according to your own worth, merit, and abilities instead of the riches of His grace?
- Take time in prayer to thank God for the redemption you have through His blood. Ask Him for the courage and daily discipline to live according to His riches.