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Summary: Paul declares that we have been redeemed through the blood of Christ. The word redemption is a commercial term borrowed from the marketplace where human beings were offered for sale to the highest bidder, Our only hope of redemption is in Christ Jesus.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican service, there are four Scripture readings prior to the Message. Today's assigned readings are: 2 Samuel 6:1-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; and Mark 6:14-29

It was almost 1:00 in the morning..... when the phone rang.

Dr. Leo Winters, ....a highly acclaimed surgeon,.... was abruptly awakened ....from his night's sleep.

There had been an accident.... and his skilled hands ....were needed.... for immediate surgery.

The quickest route ....to the hospital....happened to be through.... a rather tough area of the city, .....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 the Doctor ........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 too 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 the chapel..... to explain .....what had happened..... to him.

When he entered ....he saw the father kneeling in the front row, ... he was wearing a gray hat .....and a dirty flannel shirt.

Tragically,.... he had pushed from his life...... the " one " ..... The One....who could have..... saved his son. (Pause)

O' Beloved......Scores of people..... push from their lives .....the very...... "One" ....who can save them.

Save them.... from the penalty and the power .....of their sin.

Countless numbers .....are too busy .....for the One ..... The One.....who can deliver them ... The One who can save them.

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

It is so tragic ..... For life could be so different ..... for so many ..... if they.... would only find time ... for the One.

If they would only make time ... for the One.

If they would only make time ....For Jesus.

In announcing the Savior's birth,..... the angel of the Lord declared to Joseph:

BIBLE " She (Mary) ...will bear a son, .....and you shall call his name Jesus, ...for he will save his people ....from their sin." END (Matthew 1:21)

And Our text..... from Ephesians uses another word to address salvation: ......Redeemed.

Paul declares that we have been redeemed ...... How?......through the blood of Christ.

He begins his letter to the believes gathered in Ephesus..... rejoicing in that blessing ... of redemption. (Pause)

Now.....The word redemption ...... is a commercial term.... borrowed from the marketplace ..... from the market.....where human beings .....were offered for sale..... to the highest bidder.

Condemned to this state ... 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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