Atonement – Understanding Christ’ Redemptive Work

12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [c]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption [d]through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14

We have entered the season of Easter, but there are still a lot of believers who don’t have a proper understanding of why we mark the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Redemption means to be set free from bondage.

Jesus was tasked by God to accomplish one single purpose – to rescue mankind from the power of darkness and to reconcile us to the Father. Adam and Eve lost the authority given to them by God when they sinned. Sin and death reigned until God executed His rescue mission.

God sent Jesus to perform a task that no one was able to execute. Knowing the importance of man in fulfilling His will on earth, God made sure that we were set free. If there was going to be freedom for mankind, it was going to take someone to make it happen, and Jesus was the one.

For when we were still without strength, [d]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

Adam and his wife Eve ate the fruit God told them not to eat. Satan deceived them, and by doing so, lost the authority God had given them to the devil. Humanity became the subject of a depraved lifestyle with evil being the order of the day. Satan dictated how people lived and plagued the world with many bad things.

But when the fullness of time came, God, in His mercy, made His word to become flesh by adopting our nature. He did this to make a man available who would be equipped with the power to defeat Satan and to set the world free from him.

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus Our Redeemer And Propitiation

12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12

Through the death of our Lord, He was able to secure eternal redemption for us. The word eternal means always – therefore, by tasting death on our behalf, Jesus has set us free from the devil once and for all.

It is written that the wages of sin is death. Jesus died because humanity was already dead in sin. If His job was to save those who were already dead, He also had to die. His death was made possible because Jesus was made sin. Without sin, there is no death.

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also [d]first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:9-10

Jesus descended into the lower part of the earth to make sure He secured back man’s authority from the devil. He then ascended to present us holy and without spot to God. Jesus’s action reconciled us to God and opened the doorway for us to have access to heaven.

Jesus is our representation before God. The only man who ever lived to pleased God and died on behalf of all people. In Christ, we also have died and been raised to life by the glory of God.

18 Therefore, as through [h]one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one[i] Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Romans 5:18-19

Many were made sinners through one man’s action. Many have been made righteous through the one man, Jesus. In redemption, we have been saved from the control of sin to live the life God has destined us to live. Therefore, let no sin reign in your mortal body. You are no longer under the control of the enemy but of your Father. Stay blessed

Read Further: Romans 5:12-21

Prayer For Today

Holy Father, with all my heart I appreciate you for the work of redemption. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for rescuing me from the domain of darkness into your marvelous light. I am forever redeemed for your glory. I live for you and you alone. Amen

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