Do you know when the emancipation proclamation was signed? Most folks would say it was signed on September 22, 1861 by President Lincoln with an effective date of January 1, 1863. As far as American history goes, that would be the correct answer. However, as far as human history goes it would be incorrect. The Bible says, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians1:4-5KJV).

You see, God the Father and Jesus the Son covenanted in heaven, before the foundation of the world, that we would be God’s children and that Jesus would be our substitute and pay the penalty for our sins. The Bible says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans3:25KJV).

Jesus came to be the “atoning victim” for even the vilest offender. He stated, “…for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew9:13KJV).

Our need for Jesus as our Savior increases as our guilt increases. And when we each look at ourselves in the light of God’s holy Law (Romans7:12KJV), we will acknowledge ourselves as Paul did when he said, “…that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1Timothy1:15KJV).

But Jesus does not want us to be troubled by the temptations of the enemy. Jesus Himself said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke4:18KJV).

Jesus came to free us from the slavery of sin and signed “The Emancipation Proclamation” with His own blood when He died on the cross” (1John1:7KJV).

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