“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Great Redeemer

(Please read Galatians 3:13-14)

October 9

In one sense, to redeem is to “buy back.” Redeeming is often mentioned in the first books of the Bible, along with instructions on how the system worked. In those days God declared that all firstborn sons and firstborn male animals were his. The sons were to be redeemed by bringing five shekels to the temple, firstborn donkeys could be redeemed by substituting a lamb, and unclean or flawed animals could be redeemed with money.

Redemption could also be accomplished, in certain cases, by paying a ransom price to obtain the release of a slave or a captive, or even of land. In this sense, to redeem was to deliver from one status to another.

With these points in mind, we can understand how, in a spiritual sense, Christ purchased redemption for the human family with his own blood, at the price of his own life. He thus delivered us from the bondage of sin into the freedom that is in Christ.

Try to imagine the depth of the love that led Jesus to the cross. Then think of the enormity of the hopeless situation from which he provided liberation. People without Christ are described in Hebrews 2:15 as those “who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (NAS).

He’s the Great Redeemer indeed. But he doesn’t push people into accepting the deliverance he has already paid for. It’s there for the taking, by believing in him and obeying his commandments.

If you’re undecided about Jesus Christ, please consider carefully the choices before you and let the Great Redeemer be your Savior.

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