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Sermon: REDEEMED

Ephesians 1:3-10

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Illustration:

It was almost 1:00 in the morning when the phone rang. Dr. Leo Winters, the highly acclaimed Chicago surgeon, was abruptly awakened. There had been an

accident and his skill hands were needed for immediate surgery. The quickest route happened to be through a rather tough area, but with time being a critical factor, it was worth the risk. At one of the stoplights his door was yanked open by a man with a gray hat and a dirty flannel shirt. “I got to have

your car!” the man screamed, pulling him from his seat. Winters tried to explain the gravity of the situation but the man would not listen. When the

doctor was finally able to get a taxi to the hospital over an hour had elapsed and it was to late as the patient had passed away 30 minutes earlier. The nurse

told him that the father of the victim had gone to the chapel wondering why the doctor never came. Dr. Winters walked hurriedly to get to the chapel and when

he entered he saw the father… he was wearing a gray hat and dirty flannel shirt. (J. Utley) Tragically, he had pushed from his life the one who could

save his son.

That illustration reminds me

That a lot of people push away from their lives the very One who can save them from the penalty and the power of their sin.

Countless numbers turn away from the One who can save them from their emptiness, confusion, hopelessness, and enslavement to their sinful ways.

They are to busy for the One who can deliver them from a meaningless life.

They can’t seem to find time for the One who can redeem their lives.

It is so sad, so tragic because things could be different for so many people if they could only find time for the Lord Jesus Christ the one who came to earth to save us.

Christ is the Savior of the world

we all desperately need him

Jesus came in to the world to save sinners.

the angel of the Lord declared to Joseph that “MARY WILL GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, AND

YOU ARE TO GIVE HIM THE NAME JESUS, BECAUSE HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.” (Matthew 1:21)

Luke 19:11 says that Christ came “TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST.”

The text we have read uses another word for saved:

It uses the word redeemed.

In verse 7 Paul said that we have been redeemed through the blood of Christ.

He began his letter to the Ephesians rejoicing in the blessing of redemption.

A lot of people might not know this but The word redemption is a term that was used in the bible day marketplace where human beings were offered for sale to the highest bidder. Condemned to a miserable existence these slaves were powerless to escape.

Their only hope was redemption, an uncommon process whereby they were purchased in order to be set free.

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