Power Rangers & Redemption

Biblical meaning of redemption,

Daily Spirit & Word: 618: Power Rangers Redemption.

I had to look after my poorly granddaughter during the week and after dropping her sister Leila to school, Aminata turned on the TV at home and changed the channel to the Power Rangers: It was coming to the end of the show, and you’ll never guess the first sentence we heard: “You are not REDEEMED, because redemption is from within and you are not showing any signs of a change of character” Then they all got together and blasted the evil alien creature with a super-mega-blaster.

Talk about out of the mouths of babes or in this case; out of the mouth a kids cartoon on TV. Redemption is demonstrated by a changed character within.

“Redemption is demonstrated by a change of character within.”

 

The Word ‘Redemption’ Is Awesome, because it’s pregnant with meaning and is about to be delivered.

REDEMPTION:

  • What does redemption mean?
  • Where do we see it in the Bible?
  • What are people being redeemed from? 
  • What does it mean for us?
  • How do we know if we’ve been redeemed?

1) What does REDEMPTION mean?

Dictionary: Redemption: noun

  1. The action of saving or being saved from; sin, error, or evil.

“God’s plans for the redemption of his world”

synonyms: saving, saving/freeing from sin, vindication, absolution “God’s redemption of his people”

  1. The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.

“the peasants found the terms of redemption unattractive”

synonyms: retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession, recoupment, return, rescue;

Biblically: Redemption Means: Jesus Christ came into this world to set mankind free from the slavery of sin, satan and self. He paid the price for mankind’s redemption. How much did redemption cost? It cost Jesus His life to set us free / redeem us from slavery. Why did it need to cost so much? Bible’s Answer: The wages (price) of sin is DEATH… Something had to die to set us free. Ezekiel 18:4 “For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” Ezekiel 18:20 “The person who sins is the one who will die…” Sin brings DEATH: So Jesus Christ came into this world to pay for the price of our sins. When we respond to God’s call to REPENT, when we Turn in REPENTANCE away from sin (again look at Ezekiel 18 for what true repentance looks like) AND put our trust in the death of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, then we will be set free; redeemed by the Lord. Without that repentance we cannot be saved. Unless you repent, you too will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

2) REDEMPTION IN THE BIBLE:

Answering the question; “Where do we see ‘redemption’ in the Bible?”

On the subject of redemption there are hundreds of related verses in the whole Bible so we’ll concentrate only on the New Testament’s treatment of the subject. Remember All Scripture (The whole Bible) is God breathed (God’s Word).

Verses from the New Testament: With or Related to REDEMPTION.
Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 26:26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.”

Luke 22:20-22

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.

1 Corinthians 1:30

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

1 Timothy 2:6

who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

Titus 2:14

who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Galatians 3:13

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”–

Acts 20:28

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Romans 3:25

whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

1 Corinthians 6:20

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 7:23

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;

1 Peter 1:18-19

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

Hebrews 9:12

and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Revelation 1:5-6

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood–

Revelation 5:9

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Colossians 1:13-14

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

Galatians 3:8-10

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”

Romans 3:23-25

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Galatians 4:5

so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Galatians 3:14

in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Hebrews 9:15

For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

1 Corinthians 7:22-24

For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave.

Colossians 1:13

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

Hebrews 9:14

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Revelation 5:9-10

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Romans 8:19-23

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Luke 21:28

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Acts 3:21

whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Ephesians 1:14

who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 4:30

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

POWER RANGERS & Redemption:

You are probably asking, “What’s all that got to do with The Power Rangers and Redemption?”

The cartoon series is about how a group of kids unite to fight against evil forces from space who’re attacking the earth. They are like a secret force. Nobody else on earth is aware that we’re under attack from these malevolent forces of evil, only the kids who’ve been given the knowledge and power to fight them.

We too have been given power and authority to take our stand against all the forces of wickedness and evil in the Heavenly realms by Jesus (Ephesians 5:1517. & Ephesians 6:10-20). We’ve been given the command to go and set all the people on earth free from the control and influence of these dark forces. The people of the earth have been blinded by the evil forces, they are unaware of their spiritual condition (2 Corinthians 4:3-5). We demonstrate that we’ve been redeemed, set free from those forces by our own changed character and the power of Heaven within us and a desire to help those who’re still in bondage.

My friends you’ve been REDEEMED. You are God’s POWER Rangers. You’ve been set free, purchased, redeemed in order that you might save the people of the earth.

Sounds a bit fanciful, but it’s TRUE!

Don.

 

The Condition of The Un-Saved

Compassion Compels the Believer to Share the Good News of Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 608: The Condition of The Unsaved.

Good morning my friends, there’s a reason the Lord Jesus told His followers to be “GENTLE”… There’s a reason why Jesus had “COMPASSION”…

If you observed a person in a wheelchair at the bottom of the stairs on the London Underground would you leave him to struggle to the top of the stairs on his own? Just take a moment to imagine that scene. Many of London’s Underground Stations don’t have lifts and I’ve seen people struggling many times; mothers with prams and babies, old people with really heavy suitcases, etc… Now, if you saw a crippled person in a wheelchair and they couldn’t get up the stairs, what would you do? You’d obviously have compassion on them, you’d try and get a few others, complete strangers, to help you get the man to the top. It’s unlikely today you’d find a member of the Underground Staff to help. It’s up to you! You can either respond or leave them there to wait. What would you do?

Now: Think of the Condition of the UnSAVED Person. They can’t see, they are blind, they don’t know the way to Heaven, they can’t get up there by themselves and even if they could, they would NOT be allowed in.

What would you do if you saw a poor, blind and ignorant un-SAVED person?

Well, if God’s Holy Spirit is in you, then He would fill you with the same COMPASSION that Jesus had for the lost. Your whole inward desire will be the same as God’s; to lead that person from darkness into the light, from blindness to sight, from Ignorance to the Knowledge of Salvation.

The Unsaved Person:

  • Doesn’t know that he needs Jesus’ love, death and sacrifice.
  • Doesn’t know that he is heading towards the judgement and eternal damnation.

It would be foolish to say to that person: “Jesus loves you and died for you.” Why is that a foolish thing to say? Because the unsaved person is not aware that he was in any danger or that he needed someone to give their life for him. It’s complete foolishness that a person would give their life for them, because, as far as they are aware, they didn’t need to do it for them.

Surely common sense and real compassion would move you to let the person see their predicament first, then offer them the solution so they could grab-hold and never let go.

The Unsaved Person:

  • Doesn’t know that he is headed for Hell. 

So you can’t just say: “Repent or you are going to burn in Hell forever“. That’s just as bad as saying Jesus died for you because He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. They’ve got their own plans and they are enjoying living their life in ignorance. It’s foolishness to the unsaved person. They don’t know that they’ve done anything wrong, enough that deserves being punished in Hell forever.

The Condition of The Unsaved Person:

Is Blinded by Satan: 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Is Walking in Darkness: John 1:5, Isaiah 9:2. Matthew 4:16-17.

Is Ignorant of their Sin disease: Romans 10, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23.

Is Convinced that he’s a good person. Proverbs 20:6.

Is Unaware that he needs a Saviour: Romans 10:14-15.

Is Convinced that if there is a God, He’ll be loving and will let everyone into Heaven anyway. John 3:17-ff

Is Headed for Hell and is NOT aware of the reasons why: They’ve broken God’s Holy Law, revealed in the Commandments, they are sinners in need of forgiveness, deliverance, cleansing and the power of Heaven in their souls.

So if you’d help a crippled person get up the stairs on the London Underground, then surely you’d have the human decency to help a poor unsaved soul find Salvation from certain judgement and eternal damnation? If they are headed for Hell as the Bible reveals, and that God will JUDGE everyone, surely, we who know the answer to their predicament won’t keep quiet. Compassion compels us to reach out and SAVE.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Matthew 4:16-17 “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV) “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

HOW CAN THEY SEE? HOW CAN THEY HEAR?

My friends, the Unsaved are in a terrible plight, their eternal welfare is hanging in the balance. An old preacher said, “They are dangling over the fires of hell by nothing by a thread and the thread is already on fire and will break any moment, then they will fall, fall headlong into the pit of Hell” Unless someone reaches out to grab hold of them and save them. That’s YOU! That’s ME! We KNOW the truth, we’ve been brought from darkness into the light for a reason. The Lord has opened up our eyes so that we can see. Let’s have the same compassion as Jesus did and reach out and save as many as we can.

When we observe the dire condition of the unsaved person, then Divine, Holy Compassion will compel us to reach out and save those poor, blinded and lost souls. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

YBH: Yes! But HOW? 

There’s a simple way, it’s the Way of The Master: The Lord Jesus Christ. He let people see and know that they needed a Saviour first, then told them to trust in Him. Yes Jesus did love people, we should too, Yes Jesus did heal people, we should too, but Jesus also warned the people, He was so full of LOVE that He couldn’t leave them in ignorance of their sinful condition and the eternal consequences if they refused to repent. The woman caught in the act of adultery: “Neither do I condemn you, but leave your life of sin”….”Repent, for the Kingdom of God is close at hand”. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”… Yes Jesus is LOVE, but He’s also JUST. God will punish sinners, we’ve got a job to do to try and help those poor blinded souls, see the Salvation that’s on offer from Heaven today.

So my friends, be gentle with the blinded people, love them, guide them, show them the way of Salvation and enlighten them about their predicament unless they turn and grab hold of the heavenly arm that’s reaching out to save them.

Have a fantastic weekend, may the LORD enable you to have gentle compassion on everyone who doesn’t know HIM as Lord or Saviour.

Don.

 

Jesus Presence For Your Despair.

When Feeling Desperate Jesus is Near

Daily Spirit & Word, 489: Jesus Presence For Your Despair.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 4. Jesus Presence For Your Despair.

John 20:10-14 (NIV)
10  Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11  but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12  and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13  They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14  At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.

Good morning my friends, we live in a world of deep despair. People are going through stuff every day and many are so troubled they give up any hope of ever being free from these desperate feelings. The reasons for our despair are many; for some it’s the daily struggle to make ends meet and provide for the family. For others it’s unhappiness at work or the fear of loosing one’s livelihood. For others it’s the break-up of significant relationships with loved ones and close friends.  Like Mary Magdalene mentioned above you may have also lost a love one. It might be that there’s nothing in your life right now to cause you to despair, but you are feeling as if something is missing, there’s an inner emptiness and restlessness.

The impression we get from reading John 20:10-14 above is that Mary is in deep despair, standing outside the tomb of Jesus weeping, she is so upset, heartbroken and grieving, that in her despair she fails to see or notice that God is showing her something to encourage her. Even the presence of Angelic Beings from Heaven should have indicated to Mary that God had something to do with the disappearance of Jesus’ body. It’s like that for many people in desperate times; no matter how hard you try to encourage them, because they are hurting, their soul focus is upon the hurt.

Try telling a man with toothache that the daffodils or forget-me-nots look lovely and the sunrise was awesome; he’ll not even want to entertain the idea of beauty until he gets relief from the pain in his teeth.

It’s the exact same for those who are suffering emotional pain and torment, sometimes even though there’s lots to be encouraged by, they cannot see it because something else has their complete attention, they are absorbed in their grief. This is hard for those trying to help them, because we cannot see their pain.

My friends, if Angels couldn’t help Mary, then don’t think you are going to be able to lift someone out of deep depression either. It takes a supernatural effort to life them for the deepest pits of despair. Jesus was standing right behind Mary, but she didn’t realise. Many people who’re going through tough times don’t realise that Jesus is right there with them. He’s loving them, because that’s part of His DIVINE NATURE. God is LOVE. Even when she turned around and saw Jesus, her grief was so intense that she didn’t recognise Him. She was still looking for Jesus dead body and even asked Jesus where the his body was. Oh my friends, when we’re desperate, sometimes even though it’s right in front of our face, we don’t perceive that Jesus is with us, that He’s trying to show us something to encourage us and build us up again.

Mary Magdalene really loved Jesus and that’s why she was grieving, her grief had blinded her to the reality of Jesus being right in front of her nose. For everyone who’s in despair today, Jesus is with you by His Holy Spirit. No matter what the cause of your despair is, know that he’s consistent and faithful to His Holy Promises. “He’ll NEVER leave you or forsake you”, “He’s with you and in you”, Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.

Listen afresh to the Divine promises of God in Isaiah 43:1-3.

Isaiah 43:1-3 (NIV)
1  But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3  For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.

For all of us, no matter what our emotional state at this moment in time, the above passage is medicine for our soul. God want you to know my friends just how much He loves you. His is an everlasting love. We all experience love from people and have been let down when they didn’t love us like we expected, right? Well my friends, God’s NOT like that, He’ll never let you down and when you pass through the troubled waters of grief His Holy Promise is “I WILL BE WITH YOU”.

Mary Magdalene didn’t see it until the Lord Jesus called her name, look at the Isaiah passage above, “I have summoned you by name”. When God called you into a relationship with Jesus, He called you by name, you are His, He chose you, He’s calling your name again this morning and He wants to be with you and heal you and help you.

Points to Ponder

  • Are you in deep despair? Do you believe that God’s love can overcome any pain or hopelessness you are facing? Is there someone you could ask to come and pray with you?
  • Have you noticed any patterns in your life where similar circumstances consistently cause you to feel down or depressed? How can you increase your awareness of the presence of Jesus? I’d suggest some of these things, they work for me every time: Prayer, Praise, Worship, Bible Reading and Study, Fellowship with fellow saints regularly, Fasting, Getting alone with the Lord and talking through my problems with Him.
  • Finally, do you know anyone who is currently in despair? Take some time to pray for them and ask the Lord if He wants you to be His hands and feet to be with them and to show them that Jesus really cares.

Prayers For Day 4 of 40 Days With Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to reaffirm my commitment to You. I choose to put my trust in You today despite what I am facing or how I am feeling. You know every broken place in my life. You are immediately aware of my hurts and you keep track of all my sorrows. (Psalm 56:8). Lord Jesus, because you became a human being just like me, fully human in every way (Hebrews 2:17), I know that You identify with what I’m going through. Open my eyes Lord to recognise You in the midst of my brokenness, I’m trusting and believing today that if I seek You with all my heart, I will find You (Jeremiah 29:13). Now, I thank You that You are looking for me too. With Your tender love, so come and lead me from despair into hope, from anxiety into peace and from brokenness into wholeness. Amen. 

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