Catholics and Redemption 13/2/18
Youtube clip – There is a Redeemer
“For you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest is you”. From The Confessions of St. Augustine
If we don’t fill this space with God it will be filled with something else which will ultimately not satisfy us.
What kind of things might we fill this space with?
We have looked at salvation through Jesus Christ by his death and resurrection. His blood for forgiveness of sins and the cross for deliverance from sin. Our sins paid for and our sin, fallen nature, dealt with so that we can new life through Jesus Christ. We lay hold of this by faith and repentance.
As well as those things we have from Jesus’s death and resurrection we also have something from his life. Because his life was perfect, holy and righteous, we receive his righteousness. What an exchange – he takes our sins and gives us his righteousness. Then he does more, by giving us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and work within us to make our lives match our standing in Christ by making us righteous, holy and perfect. This is an ongoing and whole life’s work. It is completed after death. So that we can say in relation to our redemption, “We have been saved, we are being saved and we will be saved!” Hallelujah! Amen.
Our part in this is one of obedience to the will of God, submission to and cooperation with his will and his plan for us. Faith and trust that he will do in us what he has promised.
Progress in the Christian Life
Always upwards – even if the line is a bit wiggly. It isn’t always how far we have to go but how far we’ve come.
Catholics and Redemption
1) Job 19; vs. 25 “For I know that my Redeemer lives and that at the last he will stand on the earth”
(I like how Job in uses the present tense, my Redeemer lives, and then the future tense, will stand on the earth. Do you think he is talking about Jesus?)
2) Isaiah 43; vs. 1 “Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine.”
(Redemption is a great theme of Isaiah.)
3) Mark 10; vs. 45 “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
4) Letter of St Paul to the Philippians Chapter 1; vs. 6
“I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.”
5) First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 6; vs 19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.
(This is about remembering that our free gift of salvation cost Jesus everything.)
5) Letter of St Paul to the Philippians Chapter 3; vs. 7-9
“Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
ccc 571 – The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurection stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world. God’s saving plan was accomplished “once for all” by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ.
ccc1069 – The word “liturgy” originally meant a “public work” or a “service in the name of/on behalf of the people.” In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in “the work of God.” Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church.
A believer’s prayer for when the penny drops.
Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/christian/born-again/believers-prayer
The Mystery of Faith
Save us Saviour of the world,
For by Your cross and Resurrection,
You have set us free.
Oh Christ Jesus, Our Lord, Our God,
Our Holy Redeemer, Our Saviour.
I thank you for this day, For your infinite Love,
Your forgiveness of sin, Your Crucifixion,
Our Redemption and Salvation.
For our Blessed Mother,
For Your saving Grace,
And all your gifts of Love