Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
The words are from an old hymn. Today is actually Resurrection Day and I suppose I should be talking about that. But I have been thinking this morning about the Redeemer. I’d like to share just a couple thoughts about this.
Generally, redemption means “a loosing, particularly by praying a price.” This may be kind of a silly analogy, but I am old enough to remember S&H Green Stamps. When you went to certain stores and made a purchase, along with your change you were given a number of Green Stamps according to the amount of your purchase. You had a little booklet and you would lick the stamps and attach them to a page. Once the booklet was completed, you could redeem it for a gift of some kind. This could only be done in an official “S&H Redemption Store.” The more books you redeemed, the better your gift would be.
There was a price paid for our redemption too. That price was the blood of Jesus Christ. There are several verses that speak of this but one of my favorites is Ephesians 1:7,-8a, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” What a heavy price God paid for our redemption by sending His Son for our redemption. What a heavy price Jesus paid by humbling Himself to the Father’s will. It is all too amazing to imagine! Glory be to God!
There are two important points in regards to our redemption brought out in the Bible. The first is, that Christ is man’s redeemer. There is no other way. If we are to be redeemed and set free from our sins, the only way is through Christ. This is brought out in the the Ephesians 1 verse I quoted above and others, like 1 Peter 1:18-19. Our redemption comes only through Jesus Christ!
The second important point is, that the fact that there is a redeemer means that man needs to be redeemed. Man is unable to redeem himself. As much as we want to think that we can solve our own problems, we cannot solve our sin problem. We are locked in the grip of sin and we cannot redeem ourselves.
So, we come back to today, Resurrection Sunday for 2016. What all seemed to be a loss on Friday, turned out to be a victory for God and the defeat of Satan on Sunday. We truly have a marvelous salvation! Bought and paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. May we humbly fall on our knees is praise and thanksgiving! God bless you all.