Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Purchased & Restored

“Purchased & Restored”
By Zach Wood
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

I have admired people, through the years, who intentionally go to garage sales and other sale places to look for things that don’t appeal to most others.  They look for broken things.  They look for items that possibly have been through much use and have been left to not work.  I find it amazing, whether seeing it in person, on the news or reading about it in the media, when these people have taken these broken or worn down items and then restored them.  It is amazing how they look. 

If you or I walked into a store today to purchase an item, the chance of us intentionally buying something broken would be very small.  We usually do not walk into a business and set out to buy something broken?  Why?  Because we are paying money for a new item, not a broken one.  If we do see an item that is broken, we pass it up and possibly show it to a store employee to take it from the shelf.  We don’t usually like buying things that are already broken or worn down.

The passage today describes what Jesus Christ has done for us and how amazing that is.  He came to this earth and bought us with His blood and redeemed us.  Why would He do such a thing for us sinners?  Because He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.  He sees broken and worn out people and wants to give them life.  He intentionally looks for those who are broken to pieces and wants to restore them.  He is in the business of restoring lives.

It is often easy for us to forget how broken we were before Jesus rescued us from our sin.  We are all broken, but thankfully we’ve been bought by the blood of Jesus and we can now be restored in Him.  Isn’t that amazing?  Through Jesus and Him only do we have restoration.  Because of the great love He has lavished upon us do we have life now so abundant.  He takes our brokenness and restores us.  We have been redeemed through His blood.

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