One of the oldest denominations in the world is a group called the Moravians who came from what is now known as the Czech Republic. In times past, they were passionate, zealous, and very evangelistic. The story is told of two of their missionaries who approached the owner of a Caribbean Island about witnessing to his slaves, because they had never heard the Gospel before. They had never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. So the Moravians asked if they could come tell them, and the owner said no. He said that only slaves could come to his island. So, in an act of incredible sacrifice and self-denial, the two missionaries sold themselves into slavery and went off to minister on the island.
In Romans 3, Paul says that Jesus did the same thing for us when He saved us from sin. He writes: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (verses 23-24). The word “redemption” means to buy something back. It means to rescue someone from a debt.
And it often referred to slaves. The Bible says that, before Jesus saved us, we were all slaves to sin (John 8:34; Romans 6:20). Sin owned us and controlled us. It was our master, but Jesus came to buy us back from that. He endured the Father’s wrath against our sin to justify us “as a gift by His grace.” He too made an incredible act of sacrifice.
Would you like to learn more about that act of sacrifice? Would you like to learn more about this gift? Have you ever wondered what it means to be rescued from sin and justified before God? Have you ever wondered what Jesus actually accomplished on the cross? Come join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 as we talk about that. We will be looking at all of Romans 3, especially verses 21-26. See you there! – Jeremy Cagle