Redeemer

IMG_0066They 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 fulfilling their responsibilities.

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!” 

Why?

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!”
Luke 2:10-11

This Saviour, this Messiah, the Lord had come to redeem. He had come to reconcile. He had come to renew.

While most were sleeping that night, JESUS, our Redeemer entered the world and 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.
Mark 10:45

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 dispel 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, the dominion of darkness when they ate of the forbidden fruit.

All along, the Father had a plan for: Freedom. Redemption. Reconciliation. He had a plan for a Redeemer.

Redemption is buying back. Winning back something that belongs to someone else. We had to be bought back, won back from the clutches of darkness, the destructive power of sin and death.

A beautiful example of redemption in the Old Testament was when God redeemed Israel from the clutches 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.
Exodus 15:11,13

The blood of a sacrificed lamb applied to the door posts flung open the prison door of slavery and led the Israelites into freedom.

The blood of Jesus, our sacrifice, flings open our prison door and paves a way to  redemption. Freedom.

We no longer need to live under the power of sin and death. We no longer need to live with fear.

Our Redeemer gives hope. Our Redeemer  brings life. Not just for eternity but for now!

He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
Isaiah 53:7

Why?

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 an excruciating death to defeat death once and for all.

We deserved that death. Instead, He gives us hope. He gives us life. Right where we are for right now. Hope is ours. Life is ours.

Sin, death, and fear no longer define who we are. Hope and life do. Our Redeemer 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!
Job 19:25,27

Jesus, our Redeemer, lives so that we can live. Not just for eternity but in the here and now. We’ve been redeemed not to just survive life but to overcome in life.

Our Redeemer enables us to live victoriously. 

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

Our Redeemer enables us to bring redemption, reconciliation, and renewal to the places where we live. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Our Redeemer gives generously so that we can live generously.

We haven’t been redeemed just to exist and bide time. 

We’ve been redeemed to make a difference because our Redeemer has made a difference in us.

Father, thank you for JESUS, my Redeemer. JESUS, thank you for becoming my sacrifice so that the prison doors in my life are flung open. Thank you that the power of sin and death no longer have control of my life because of the blood you shed for me. Give me the power to walk in the freedom you have bought for me so that I can bring your redemption, reconciliation, and renewal to the places I go. Thank you that you have given so generously. Enable me to live generously with all that I have received from you. Father, touch my heart with the reality of what JESUS experienced as my Redeemer so that my life will bring hope and life to others. Amen.

For further encouragement:
Slowly read Isaiah 53. Meditate on it.
Let what Jesus did for you so impact your heart that it will impact your life, the way you see and do things.

 

 

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