Throughout time, people have looked for some type of savior. They’ve turned to many different thoughts, philosophies, rumors, and people. Only one person has ever withstood the rigorous examination of skeptics and the test of time: Jesus Christ. But sometimes it’s difficult to understand why Jesus came and why He sacrificed Himself for us. Titus 2:14 offers us two answers.
First, Jesus gave Himself “to redeem us from every lawless deed.” Redeem means to “pay the price for.” American families are buried in debt like never before. According to Nasdaq, the average American has $49,000 in student loan debt, $5,000 in credit card debt, and $10,000 in personal loans (Nasdaq). This doesn’t even include cars and houses. Wouldn’t it be great if all of our debt could be wiped off of the table? While our physical debts can be paid, though slowly, we can’t do anything about our spiritual debt. Thankfully, our spiritual debt can be taken care of for us. Jesus gave himself in for this very reason! He wants to redeem, or pay the price for, every sinful thing we have ever done. Since they were our mistakes, we are the ones who deserve to be punished, but instead, Jesus paid for them and delivered us from them.
Second, Jesus gave Himself “to purify for Himself a people for His own possessions.” Not only did Christ pay off our spiritual debt, but He also to add a wonderfully personal touch to it. He wanted to purify us, to clean us up. Why? So we could be His own special and chosen people. In order give us this, He shed His blood on the cross.
Christ wants all to take advantage of this opportunity (2 Peter 3:9). He gave Himself so that everyone has the chance to be saved. While we are undeserving sinners with enormous amounts of spiritual debt, Christ is offering to take it all away, to purify us, and bring us into His special people (Galatians 3:26-27). Ironically, it’s up to us to accept or reject this wonderful gift. All that’s asked of us is to obey what He has instructed (1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:37-38). What will you choose?