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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:02

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ: the Son of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31-35) the Son of God was born into the world through the womb of a chaste virgin, named Marry (Matthew 1:18-23). The Son of God came into this world, incarnated as human being: one of His creation (John 1:14). He was sent by The Father to settle the greatest transaction in the history that was to redeem (Galatians 4:5) human’s soul. He was sent to purchase for the Father the whole human beings on earth, from every kindred, every tribe, every nations and tongues (Revelation 5:9).


“With your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9. NIV).


The value of the transaction was very great. The redemption must be paid neither with silver nor gold (1 Peter 1:18-19), but with the life of the Son of God Himself. The Son of God had to do the transaction of redemption at the cross, alone (Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 1:7). He must shed His blood and give up His life and suffered death in Hades as human substitute (Hebrews 2:9).  But because He is the Son of God, on the third day He was raised from the dead and lives forever (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). After 40 days He ascended to Heaven and sit at the right side of the Father (Mark 16:19), waiting for His time to becoming the King on earth (Luke 1:33).


The redemption changes man’s condition totally, radically and fundamentally. It changes man from a sinner to become righteous of God (Romans 3:23-24). The sinful man is justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption in Jesus Christ so he can stand in upright position before the Holy God.


The redemption changes man’s status from as God’s enemy to become God’s chosen people (Romans 5:10; 1 Peter 2:9). It has changed the ownership of man’s soul from Satan’s owned to become God’s possession; from bound for Hell and perished but now bound for Heaven and have everlasting life; from being condemned to become free of condemnation.


“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1. NIV)


The redemption has changed our status from slaves to become God’s children (Romans 8:15); from living in the darkness and under the curse to live in God’s light and under God’s blessing (1 Peter 2:9; Galatians 3:13-14). How great is the meaning of Christ redemption for us!


The price of human redemption was so great that it cost the very life of the Son of God. Why must God pay such a high price? It’s because the value of one human’s soul is equal to the value of the treasures of the whole world (Matthew 16:25). So the redemption of the whole human beings has cost God the life of His Only Begotten Son.


“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16. NIV)


God must pay the price of the redemption because no one is able to redeem his own life. It’s a debt that is impossible to be paid.


“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” (Psalms 49:7-8)


The Lord Jesus gave us an illustration about this great debt in Matthew 18:24. There was a servant who owed a great number of debts to a certain king. He owed 10.000 talents that was approximately 40 billion USD of today’s value of money. It means that this servant must pay for his debt 1.2 million USD per day for 100 years, while he earns USD 15.000 per month (Minimum Standard of Wages). That was a huge amount that was impossible to be paid by a single person per day for the entire of his lifetime.


By this illustration the Lord wanted to show us that it is impossible for man to redeem his own life (Psalms 49:7-8). Therefore God gives the redemption for man salvation as a grace, a free gift. We don’t have to work for our salvation except believing in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior.


“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9. NIV).


Now, what must we do with the salvation that we have received? The apostle Paul urged us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), because it has immeasurable value that cannot be compared with anything in this world. God has paid a very high price for it. Our salvation has cost Him the life of His only begotten Son. Therefore we ought to surrender our life completely to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the Lord (Romans 12:1).


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).


We ought to glorify God with our lives, doing good things that God has prepared for us in advance (Ephesians 2:10). We ought to tell the world about the wonderful things God has made in our lives (1 Peter 2:9).


“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).


We must work out our salvation by “sharing” our salvation with other people who are lost in sin that is to tell them the Good News about the amazing grace of God. We cannot just fold our arms and do nothing after we received our salvation, because God has done a great investment for our salvation that was giving His Son and His Holy Spirit. We should not regard our salvation lightly. One day we must give an account for the salvation that has been given to us.


Remember the story about the four men with leprosy who lived at the entrance of the city gate of Samaria (2 Kings 7:3-10). At that time Samaria was under siege by the Arameans army. All the people who lived inside the city wall were in miserable condition (2 Kings 6:24-30). But unexpectedly the four men whom had leprosy got a great fortune. They found out that the enemies had gone and abandoned their treasures. So they plundered the enemies camps. They got plenty of food and treasures. They enjoyed their fortune while other people lived in miserable condition. They kept the treasures and hid them for themselves. They didn’t care about other people’s life. But one of them realized that what they were doing was not right. He said: “This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until the daylight, punishment will overtake us” (2 Kings 7:9).


These are words of wisdom for us who are enjoying the grace of salvation today. These are the days of the Good News (Gospel). We must not keep it only for ourselves. We are wrong if we keep silent and don’t care about other people’s salvation. If we wait until the day of Christ’s coming, we will have no confident and will be ashamed before him at His coming (1 John 2:28). Therefore we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that we must give an account before God one day (Hebrews 9:27). We must share with others the Good News about the grace of salvation in Jesus Christ.


Do not be a fruitless tree because God will cut off every tree that bears no fruit (Matthew 7:19). He has been patience with us by giving us chance to live after our salvation (Luke 13:6-9); it is God grace also. Don’t make the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1). Don’t be like a wicked and slothful servant who hid the treasure that has been entrusted to him (Matthew 25:18). Because, there will be a time when we must give an account before the Lord for all the treasures that have been entrusted to us. There will be a severe punishment for those who have made God’s grace in vain (Matthew 25:26-30). But there will be a great reward for those who have diligently worked out their salvation (Matthew 25:20-23).


Let us follow the example of the apostle Paul who said: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10. KJV).


At the end the apostle Paul can say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8. NIV).


This is the message for us at this Christmas time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 to all of you.

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