Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that

He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Titus 2: 13b, 14

 

Life can be a seemingly endless cycle of lost acts and wounded relationships. I take the pain that I feel and sooth my own soul by transferring it to others, and they, in turn, do the same. It all continues and it even gains energy so that, like a self winding watch, time goes by and days become years which transform into generations. Still, there is no relief from the cycle of hurt and from this history of brokenness. The unrelenting motion of all of this seems impossible to stop; so, its cessation requires something far beyond the ordinary and completely outside of the strength or the capacity of human endeavor.

 

The impossible was made real when Christ entered into the cycle. He irrevocably changed the potential for all of us when He threw His being into the gear works of human sin and death. In His humanity, Jesus asserted His lordship over all of creation, and He did this in a way that was paradoxically humble and glorious at the same time. Christ’s willingness to lay down all and to pay a price that He did not owe has redeemed humanity from the inevitable fate that was cast when our fathers rejected fellowship with God in favor of self rule. Now we need only to claim our redemption by accepting Christ as our rightful God, Lord, and Savior. In absolute love He redeemed us, and it is in faith that we are called upon to accept our redemption.

 

As we have been pulled from the destruction that was our fate absent Jesus, so we are called to enter into the work of spreading the message of this same redemptive opportunity to the world around us. The joy, peace, and love that we have found in Christ can become the source of energy that we need to assertively and continually enter into the lives of others. I now own the same unstoppable love that brought Christ into my life, and His love is the fuel that will fire my zeal for joining Him in working for the redemption of this world.