21. Redeemer - Job 19:25; 1 Peter 1:18, 19
21. Redeemer – “And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” Job 19:25
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. -1 Peter 1:18, 19
My grandma Mildred used to collect S&H green stamps. These were stamps that you used to get when you went to the store to buy groceries. Depending on how much you spent you would get stamps with the dollar amount printed on them. Then came the ucky part- You would lick them and put them in books, ugh, I can still taste that glue! When you saved enough books you could trade them in at a redemption center for valuable stuff like toasters, lamps, and more. These places were called redemption centers because you would "redeem" or exchange the stamps for something of value.
The word " redeem" means to buy back, repurchase, or exchange. Often times the money or item used to redeem something or someone is called "ransom".
Our sins have made us captive. There is nothing that we can do to free ourselves. We are doomed to a life of bondage and death. Jesus is our redeemer because he loves us and exchanged his life for ours. He not only paid the ransom but he IS the ransom. He redeemed us from a life of sin and gave us real life... life abundant and free...and the hope of eternal life with God in heaven. And that, my friends, is glorious!
But let us not forget that our ransom cost God dearly. He gave his one and only Son to redeem us. Jesus bore all our sins on the cross. And He rose victoriously from the grave breaking the chains and bondage of sin forever for those who would accept him as their Lord, Savior, Redeemer.
You can get a living example of the love that God has for us and the idea of redemption by reading the book of Hosea in the Bible. Hosea was told to marry a prostitute named Gomer. He loved her. But she cheated on him, went back into prostitution, and was sold by her pimps into slavery when she was no longer bringing them customers. Homer went to the slave market to buy back or redeem his wife. God painted this picture for the northern kingdom of Israel to highlight their unfaithfulness and show his redemption. It also gives us a big picture of our sinfulness and his redemption through Jesus.
I praise God for his Son, Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and Friend! May God bless you today as you cherish the gift of freedom that his blood purchased for you.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Loving Father; You are holy. You are perfect. I praise you for redeeming me from sin and bondage through the blood of Jesus Christ your Son. Help me to live a life that is worthy of the great price you have paid for me. Thank you for paying that ransom. I praise you in the name of your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ, my redeemer, AMEN!