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JESUS - THE SUPERLATIVE SALESMAN

Isaiah 54-57:14, Eph. 6, Ps. 70, Proverbs 24:8

Imagine with me the Lord Jesus, Savior, Redeemer, Provider… ok … as a Costco Salesman.  You know the sales people that offer those treats. Dream as He calls to us individually, 

          “Delicious, nutritious, healthy Bread Too expensive for you, my friend; But today I give it to you Free!”

After today's reading, I reply, “Only bread, I have troublemakers around me.”  My Superlative Salesman then says,

          “I will rescue you and fill you with gladness.  Come, see I am great.”

Taking a step closer to this Salesman, I think, “My family is hurting and my neighborhood is broken.” And He knows my thoughts…

          “Come to Me My Bread will give you strength;  You will find life  And I will make you glorious.”

I now find myself next to His kiosk and I say, “You are a Superlative Salesman, but the dark spiritual side of my life is frightening and overwhelming.” He looks deep in my eyes.

          “Put on My armor.  I alone provide with my Bread - helmet to shoes! You will have salvation on your head,  Faith to block spiritual attacks, A belt to hold you to My truth,  A sword that is My Word,  And shoes that will help you spread My peace.”

“Superlative Salesman, you are good, but are you that good? Do you have a warranty?”  He drives the bargain home.

          “I will accomplish all I want to do and Prosper everywhere I go Buy this Bread!”

I did and it was free.

 

 

 

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RANSOMED ONES

Isa 51:7 Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Neither be dismayed at their reviling

Isa 51:8 My salvation shall be to all generations

Isa 51:11 So the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion; And everlasting  joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isa 52:6 Therefore My people shall know My name

Isa 52:7 How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation

Isa 52:9 For the Lord has comforted His people

Isa 52:15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

Isa 53:10 But the Lord was “pleased” to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering

Isa 53:11 My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.

Isa 53:12 Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

This good news is not just for the people of Israel, but for all, and we may share in their joy as ransomed ones; undeserving recipients of God’s salvation. I hear a lot these days about my rights and your wrongs and find it easy to lose perspective of what we are truly owed and have truly earned unless we confess our own transgressions and take hold of the One who brings good news, the best news (that we do not have to pay the penalty for our own sins). While “He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter”; we get to “announce peace” to the nations.

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