Mark 10:45, 1 Cor 6:19–20, 1 Tim 2:5–6, Titus 2:14, 1 Pet 1:18–19
"We preach Christ crucified" (1 Corinthians 1:23); "I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2).
"No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them —
the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough —
so that they should live on forever
and not see decay" (Psalm 49:7-9).
We cannot pay the price of our salvation.
We cannot buy for ourselves a place in heaven.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
What we can never do for ourselves, Jesus Christ has done for us.
He has given His life as a ransom for many.
He has paid the price of our salvation.
His death is the costly price.
By dying on the Cross, Jesus Christ has paid the ransom price.The price is not money.
"Can't buy me love.
Money can't buy me love" (Lennon and McCartney).
Money can't buy salvation.
Christ has died.
He has paid the ransom price.
we are set free from guilt and judgment.
This is what we remember when we gather together at the Lord's Table - "He took my place, and died for me."
"It should have been me.
It should have been you."
He died in my place.
he died instead of me.
He died in your place.
He died instead of you.
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people" (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
The event we remember - the death of Christ for us - is to be preached.
The Lord's Supper is part of the proclamation of the Gospel.
It must, however, be accompanied by the teaching of God's Word.
When we remember the fact of Christ's death for us, we're doing more than remembering a fact of ancient history.
We're giving our testimony.
We're declaring that the death of Christ is, for us, a life-changing fact, the fact which brings salvation into our lives.
This is the message which is preached.
The Christ, who died for us many centuries ago, is the Christ who changes our lives here-and-now.
He changes your life and mine, for time and for eternity.
"You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honour God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
"For you know that 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).
"Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good" (Titus 2:13-14).
Let's think about the way in which Christ changes our lives here-and-now.
(a) He creates in us an appreciation of what He has done for us - "You were bought with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:19); "You were ransomed ... not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19).
(b) Out of this appreciation is to come both salvation and consecration.
(i) We are saved from a life of futility.
We are saved from an empty life.
We cannot achieve salvation through our own efforts - "I can't get no satisfaction ...
And I tried ... " (The Rolling Stones).
Into this hopeless situation comes a Word of hope, a Word that comes to us from the God of hope.
There is the hope of true satisfaction.
This does not come to us from ourselves.
It's not something that we can earn for ourselves.
It's something that must be given to us.
It must be received as gift that is given to us by our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
(ii) We are saved for a life of giving glory to God.- "You were bought with a price.So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
(iii) What is the life that glorifies God?
It is the life of holiness - He "gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds" (Titus 2:14).
"And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased for God people from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:9-10).
This is the song of the redeemed.
In the glory of heaven, there will be one event that will be remembered above all others: "Thou wast slain and by Thy blood didst ransom men for God."
Eph 1:3–10, Col 1:9–14
We gather together at the Lord's Table.
We celebrate the Lord's Supper.
We remember Jesus Christ, "the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
As we drink the wine , we recall the words of Jesus, our Saviour: "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" (Matthew 26:28).
The forgiveness of sins - This is described, for us, in Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14.
"In Jesus Christ, God's Beloved Son, we have the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7).
"In Jesus Christ, God's Beloved Son, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:14).
The forgiveness of sins - The sin is ours.
The forgiveness comes from God.
When we consider this great blessing, the forgiveness of sins, there are two things, which become very clear to us.
(i) God is so generous towards us.
(ii) We are so undeserving of His generosity.
How are we to respond to His generosity? - In Colossians 1:11, we find a benediction.
In Ephesians 1:3, we find a doxology.
Benediction and doxology - These are two rich words.
They are rich in meaning.
They are rich in spiritual experience.
they are words which describe, for us, our rich experience of love, grace and mercy - the love, grace and mercy of God.
Benediction - Here, we speak of the blessing of God. from Him, we receive blessing upon blessing.
In Christ, he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
Doxology - This is giving praise and worship to the Lord.
It is offering worship to God, in "wonder, love and praise."
It is exalting Him.
It is glorifying Him.
It is proclaiming His greatness in "humble adoration."
We have been blessed by the Lord.
Now, we worship Him.
we consider what the Lord has done for us.
We think of all that the Lord has given to us, and we say from our hearts, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy Name give glory" (Psalm 115:1).
Worship - We have been redeemed by the Lord.
We are called to worship Him.
We have received the forgiveness of our sins.
In worship, we express our appreciation to Him.
We offer our thanksgiving to Him.