Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thoughts on Redemption

I love the thought and reality of redemption. It's a powerful word with such richness that when pondered upon just makes my heart leap! I don't know about you but sometimes in church life I feel we forget the full extent of what Jesus has done for us. Words of gratefulness are uttered yet somehow in our contemporary church life the richness of the word redemption does not shine through.

So....let's take a moment to ponder redemption.
A couple of scriptures that come to mind are:

1. Luke:4:18 (Jesus came to redeem)
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

2. Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

3. Galatians 3:13 (Jesus paid the price of redemption)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

4. Galatians 4:4-5;
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

A few thoughts:
1. For there to be a need of redemption, someone must have been in need of redemption. Someone needed to be redeemed from a very negative, dark place.
2. For redemption to be offered, there must be a redeemer. There must be someone able and willing to pay a price for that person's freedom.
3. The redeemer must pay a price. The price must be the correct/acceptable price to buy that person from their place of darkness, from their place of bondage.
4. Freedom from a dark place is in fact a restoration to the intended original state.

When I ponder these thoughts, my heart centers on Christ and is overwhelmed with thankfulness.

There is a whole world out there that needs redemption. Humanity is in a fallen, dark state and Christ is the redeemer, the only one that could pay the price for freedom. I pray today that you are thankful for your own redemption, thankful for the depth of restoration that has taken place. I pray also today that you are reminded that many around you are in need of redemption to be appropriated to their lives ...please don't give up on reaching out and loving others in Christ's name.

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