Tuesday 26 Sep 2017
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

He has the power to redeem!

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:1-4.

 

Reading these verses one would be tempted to point out what appears to be certain contradictions here

. One minute Jesus was telling the people that it was not on account of his sins nor of his parents sin that the blind man was born that way, yet we see in the other passage declaring the sins of the paralysed man forgiven, an act which apart from sounding blasphemous as he was accused by the Pharisees, one which seems to suggest also that the man became paralysed on the account of his sins.

What is going on here you may ask,what is the true position of sin in all of these?

To begin to answer this question, we would need to look at how Paul explained the origin as well as the consequences of the fall of man from grace. Through one man Paul said, sin entered the world through one man (Adam), and death came about as a result. Romans 5:12. 
What manner of death is implied here? It is not the physical death that Paul meant to here, rather it is spiritual death. Spiritual death through sin, one which brought about separation of man from God and as result, death to the perfection, the innocence, the purity, the authority, the goodness and the orderliness of the creation which God bequeathed to the man he made in his image.

Separated from his Maker as a result, his world was thrown into chaos, the loss of the authority through sin, brought him under the bondage of guilt and fear, the loss of innocence and purity exposed him to all that is evil with its consequences and this would continue to be his lot until the designated Redeemer shows up. Note as Paul said, because of the sin of one man, all or everyone born of flesh and blood, became sinners, they did by inheriting sin in their sinful nature.
A child may be born without sin, it is only a matter of time before the sinful nature inherited from the first parents Adam and Eve rear its ugly head. No one ever taught a kid to lie, to pinch a fellow kid or even take what is not theirs....it was all in the inherited sinful nature. It is not only the ability to lie or pinch fellow kids that a child inherits from the sinful nature, he also stands to inherit the consequences of the fallen nature as highlighted by the incidence of the man that was born blind. 
This was what our Lord implied when he answered saying it was not the man who sinned by being born blind, nor his parents. The man sadly inherited the consequences of sin introduced into the world through Adam.

There is only one man and only one name under heaven that God has annointed with power to deliver mankind from this bondage and mess brought about by the fallen condition of man on the account of sin, he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Now in order that men may know that he has the authority to forgive sins on earth, he proceeded to heal the paralysed man. That all may know he alone can visit and rectify the root of all our woes in life, he healed the man who was born blind. That all may know that he has dominion over all principalities and powers, he rebuked demons and they fled from him. His mere presence and at the mention of his name caused them to scamper away in terror. 
Also in order that all men may know, that all powers have been given to him, he commanded the storm to be still and it obeyed, nature obeyed him. That all may know that he has the power to give life, the very life that is with the Father, he ordered the grave to give up the dead, Lazarus walked out of the grave after four days of residency there. That all may know that he has power over death and that death could not hold him captive, he rose from the dead on the third day and he ascended into heaven to live and reign forever in the glory of the Father.
All of these he did and demonstrated that all may see and know that in him is life, the very life that has become the light of men, the very light that can set all men free from the darkness of bondage to sin and the sinful nature.

Everyone and anyone who turns to him in repentance, by accepting him through faith while believing in their hearts and confessing him with their mouth as both their Lord and Saviour.....it does not matter what they have done in the past, where they have come from, it does not matter their race or creed, colour, nation, tribe or culture....if they turn to him , they shall be saved!

Home Teachings And Sermons The message He has the power to redeem!
Hebrews 10:30-31
“For we know him who said, ?It is mine to avenge; I will repay,? and again, ?The Lord will judge his people.? It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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