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Summary: The greatest transaction ever made was made at the cross. At Calvary, Jesus took our sins and gave us His righteousness.

TRANSACTION AT THE CROSS

2 Cor 5:21

2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Intro:

Anybody whose been around me very long knows that I think weird stuff often. In fact, I am also inspired in weird ways, too. There are 2 companies with a series of commercials that makes me think about what happened at the cross.

1. Commercial: “Offer Up”

2. Commercial: “Let Go”

The 1st Commercial had the theme of offering up something that someone else needs and could use. This company’s name always reminds of what Jesus offered up at the cross.

A. WHAT JESUS “OFFERS UP”.

1. His Life.

Heb 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified

Ever since man sinned in the garden of Eden, unblemished lambs had been sacrificed to God for a temporary covering for their sins. But, 2000 yrs ago, Jesus left the glory of Heaven to be born as a man. He lived a perfect life and offered Himself up as the Lamb of God to be sacrificed for the sins of the world. He was tortured and He died on the cross for us that we might be saved.

2. His Blood.

Mt 26:28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

So, Jesus shed His blood on the cross that Friday. He died and His body was buried. But some time between Friday night and Sunday morning, Jesus went to Heaven and entered the Holy of Holies and poured His blood on the Mercy Seat as the once and for all offering for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness {for sin}.

3. His Redemption.

Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Redemption- to redeem something is to pay the price to set one free from slavery or prison. In the old days, Coke bottles were redeemed by the Coke company. As kids, we would pick up dirty, nasty bottles that had been thrown in the ditch as worthless. We took them to the store and were given 3 cents for each one. Back then, cokes were 20 cents, so 7 bottles would be traded for a new Coke. The dirty bottle was taken back to the company and cleaned up and made useful again.

We are all stained with sin. Jesus paid the price for our sins and redeemed us from the curse of sin, which is death. He cleans us up and purifies us and makes us useful again.

Big Daddy Weave- I am redeemed, You set me free. So I'll shake off theses heavy chains And wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be. I am redeemed. I'm redeemed.

4. His Righteousness to us.

1 Pet 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness;

Jesus had a single-minded purpose at Calvary 2000 yrs ago.

* He carried that cross up that hill to offer His life.

* He was nailed to that cross to shed His blood for the remission of sin.

* He died to pay the price for our sins and to redeem us from the curse of sin, which is death.

*** What was His purpose?

(1) So that we would die to sin.... to be cleansed from our sins and leave our old life behind....

(2) So we could live to righteousness.

* Jesus died to make you holy!!

I will never understand the people that think you can repeat the words of some prayer and keep right on living in sin and think they are saved and on their way to heaven.

* Jesus died to save us from our sins... not so we would continue to live in our sins.

* If your lifestyle has never changed since you supposedly met Jesus, then likely your eternal destiny hasn’t changed either.

* Are you living in righteousness today?

The 2nd Commercial we watched had to do with letting go of something that is holding you back. It reminds me of all the things that weigh us down and hurt us that Christ wants us to let go of.

B. WHAT WE NEED TO “LET GO”.

1. Our Sins.

Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord

Many today have joined the church....been baptized...but have never truly experienced the times of refreshing that comes from being born again. Why? Because they never really repented of their sins.

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