Friday, December 3 NL | BR

It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect – 1 Peter 1:18-19

A little boy made a beautiful sailboat to which he became very attached. He loved his boat very much. One day while he was playing with it in the water, a big storm came and his boat drifted away. Deeply sad, he cried for weeks for his lost sailboat.

Some weeks later, he saw the boat in a shop window. He happily stepped into the shop and asked for his sailboat. ‘No’ said the shopkeeper, ‘that is not possible. The boat is now mine. You can buy it if you want.’ When the boy heard how much it cost, he ran home, sold everything he had, and bought his sailboat back. He pressed it to his heart and said: ‘My dear little boat, now you are mine twice. I made you and I bought you.’

We also belong twice to God: He created us, and He bought us! ‘But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8).

The price is fully paid

Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, God sees us covered in white clothes of righteousness and declares us guilt-free despite all the darkness, sin and guilt from our past. God has forgiven our wickedness and does not think about our sins anymore. If we stand in court and the judge says that we are innocent, then we are legally justified! However, if we are found guilty, we are not justified and have to pay for our crime. According to the law we can only be justified when the price is fully paid. With the precious, innocent blood of Jesus Christ, God has fully paid this high price.

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