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Redeemer

Let me get this straight. Adam, therefore all humanity, sinned and deserves punishment. God, in mercy, appeared on earth as a Savior, to receive that due sentence: death.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 ESV

That makes Jesus a Redeemer. Since we don’t often use the word redeem let’s dive into its meaning. In the Old Testament a redeemer was a relative who would take care of his family by repurchasing land or buying them back from slavery, thus freeing them. He would also be an avenger, taking revenge by standing up for his people, thereby vindicating them. I like that.

That’s the lower story. When we come to the New Testament we read about Jesus (Heb. 9:12) who came to accomplish that same goal: set us free, spiritually, the upper story. He came to pay our ransom, literally pay off our debt, and restore us into the family. That privilege only comes by faith.

When you recognize your need for a redeemer, whether for the first time or from a situation you’re in right now, He’ll be there for you.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:6-7 ESV

Did you get that? Our Redeemer has broken the chains of slavery to sin and any bondage you put yourself under. The Holy Spirit, the verse tells us, was sent by God to give you the privilege of calling Him, Father. We’ve been adopted back into the family: Jesus is our Redeemer.

Zechariah prophesied,

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. Luke 1:68 NLT

Anna recognized Him,

She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. Luke 2:38 NLT

What about you? Since the ransom has been paid why are you living like you’re in bondage? If you have responded to God’s message then He is your Father and you are sons, literally co-heirs with Christ. Are you living like an heir in the Kingdom or like a slave?

Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalms 107:2 NLT

Don’t let fear, anger, or depression keep you in bondage. You’ve been set free. Live like it! Trust, forgive, and experience His joy every day: that’s kingdom living. Let your words echo Job’s:

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25 ESV

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