Saturday, April 15, 2017

Redemption Story

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19

Sports writers love to use the word “redemption’ when it comes to telling stories of victories and justice in impossible situations.  Easter is a story of redemption. Victory in the face of defeat. Overcoming impossible odds. On first glance, the redemption story of Easter seems to revolve around the vicious crucifixion of Jesus and then His miraculous resurrection on Easter morning. It is a true comeback story with a happy ending after a brutal defeat. 
Dig a little deeper and you will find that the resurrection story isn’t really about Jesus as much as it is about all of us. For every one of us, there can be a personal redemption story in the Easter story.  Easter is the story of our redemption. The happy ending to the tragedy that all of us have made mistakes and have sinned. None of us is good enough to earn eternal salvation. 
We certainly don’t deserve the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. Who deserves someone being beaten to within a breath from dying for them? Who deserves someone having a crown of thorns jammed on their head? Who deserves someone being spit on, nailed to a cross and dying from asphyxiation so that they can have eternal life? I don’t know anyone that deserves that level of sacrifice. I do however; know people who would chose to go through that level of suffering to protect their child or their spouse. Their love for their family means they would do whatever it took to protect them. 
The Biblical concept of the Kinsman Redeemer outlines some of the sacrifices certain family members would make for their relatives. Here’s what I wrote about the Kinsman Redeemer in the chapter about Naomi in my Bible study, Embracing Change- Learning To Trust God from the Women of the Bible, “The kinsman-redeemer,ga’al” (ื’ָּืַืœ), which is sometimes translated “guardian redeemer” was a role created by God to protect family members and the family’s inheritance. [1] The kinsman-redeemer had an important role in the life of their family and tribe. The kinsman-redeemer made sure that God’s people and tribes’ inheritance of land were protected, and they were responsible to buy back family land if a family member sold it to pay debts.[2] His responsibilities included buying a fellow Israelite out of slavery[3] and being the “avenger of blood” to make sure that justice was carried out if a family member was murdered.[4] Of particular importance to Naomi was his responsibility to carry on the family name by marrying a childless widow[5]
“God redeemed us in person through Jesus Christ. He is our kinsman-redeemer who has set us free from the yoke of slavery. Though we were once slaves to sin and death, he has set us free and paid a price for our ransom that we could never pay. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”[6] Jesus paid the price for your sin and has set you free from the chains of your past choices, your parents’ sins and other people’s destructive behaviors. You are Free![7]
If you feel there are areas in your life that you are still in bondage, pray and repent for staying in a place of slavery and bondage and for discounting the power of His blood and the price He paid for you.

Ask Jesus to show you the Truth; and claim these blessings:
He has set you free, redeemed you and He has paid the price for your sin.
You are a precious Bride redeemed and valued by her Beloved.
You have a magnificent home waiting for you in heaven.
You are no longer a slave.
You are protected and guarded as a child of the King.
You are an heir to a priceless inheritance.
Your debts have been paid. Jesus’ blood covers it all.

Thank Him for His sacrifice, His precious blood and His amazing love that washes away all of our sins so that we can have a right relationship with him. He is your kinsman-redeemer.”

Our redemption story is only through the grace and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 

Rejoice with me!  God loves us so much that He sent Jesus into the world to save us from the consequences of our failures and mistakes. He is our Kinsman Redeemer. His victory is our salvation. His battle with the grave set us free from slavery to sin and death. He paid the price so that we walk in victory not because of what we have done but because of his sacrifice on the cross. 




[1] Guzik, David. "Study Guide for Ruth 3." Enduring Word. Blue Letter Bible. 7 Jul 2006. 2010. 3 Nov 2010.
<http:// www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?
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[2] Leviticus 25:25

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