They huddled together in the fields that night guarding their sheep. Quietly exchanging stories of the day, it seemed like any other night. They were just doing their duty.
Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky. An unusual light. One they had never seen until now. Completely unaware that God’s glory surrounded them, fear filled their hearts. Then they heard the words:
“Don’t be afraid!”
But the angel reassured them. … “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”
This Saviour, this Messiah, the Lord had come to redeem, to rescue. He had come to reconcile. He had come to renew.
While most were sleeping that night, JESUS, our Redeemer moved in and made His home in this world.
Hope was born.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus came with one purpose. To do His Father’s will. To bring hope. To bring life. To break the power of sin and death. To conquer fear.
The Father’s will was to redeem the very ones He had created back from Satan’s power.
Adam and Eve had opened the door to the power of sin and death. Jesus came and opened the door wide to grace and mercy… Abundant life.
All along, the Father had a plan. A plan for Redemption. Reconciliation. Freedom. He had a plan for a Redeemer. A Rescuer.
Redemption is buying back. Winning back something that belongs to someone else. We had to be bought back, won back from the grip of darkness, the destructive power of sin and death.
A beautiful example of redemption is found in the Old Testament. God redeemed Israel from the tyranny of Pharaoh’s rule.
Who is like you among the gods, O Lord – glorious in holiness, awesome in splendour, performing great wonders? With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.
The blood of a lamb without defect applied to the door posts flung open the prison door of slavery and led the Israelites into freedom.
The blood of Jesus, our perfect sacrifice, flings open prison doors. Disappointment, regrets, shame, hopelessness, and fear give way to redemption… hope… life… freedom… complete liberty.
Sin with all its accomplices no longer has the power to define us.
Breathing His final words, “It is finished”, Jesus sealed victory, power, and authority once and for all. Not just for eternity but for the here and now! Not just to be admired from afar but to be applied in the now, in our lives.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
Without the shedding of blood, there could be no redemption. Without the shedding of blood, there could be no Redeemer.
Jesus was born to die so that we could live. He was born to conquer darkness so we can carry light.
We deserved that death. Instead, He gives us hope. He gives us life. We become His righteousness. We become His glory.
Sin, death, and fear no longer define who we are or determine our future. Our Redeemer, full of hope, life, righteousness, and power, does.
We can say with Job,
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. … Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Jesus, our Redeemer, our Rescuer, lives so that we can live.
Redemption is ours, not just to survive but to thrive right where we are.
In our Redeemer we live victoriously. In Him we walk with authority. In Him we overcome. In Him we thrive. He is the abundant life.
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5:6
When we gaze in wonder at our Redeemer we become carriers of redemption, reconciliation, and renewal to the places where we go. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Our Redeemer gives generously so that we can live generously.
He overcame so that we can overcome.
He won so that we can win in life.
He makes a difference in us so that we can make a difference in our world.
The great buy-back isn’t found in a place but in a person. Our Redeemer.