Monday, 13 November 2017
Redemption ( Job 19 v 25 )
I was playing a game of indoor bowls, and one of the players had a poor
game,but next game he played better,and someone was heard to say ,'you
redeemed yourself'. The word redeemed in the context of a game, means's
to make up for a bad performance.The word redeemed appears a lot of times
in the Bible,there the word means's to buy back,to pay a price.It
has with it the meaning of delivering and bringing someone out of bondage.
It is applied to our Salvation .Humanity is seen by God as being in slavery,
as our Saviour said, everyone who sins is a slave to sin ( John 8 v 34 ),
Solomon also said ,there is no man that does not sin ( 1 Kings 8 v 46)
Because of this we are alienated from a holy God , a slave to our sinful
impulses,lost and undone,we are truly on the road to Hell. Unlike a game
we personally cannot redeem ourselves, because everything we could offer
would be tainted by sin.So God in His awesome mercy did something
He would send a redeemer into the world who would pay the price of our
redemption ,as the Psalmist wrote ,'God would redeem ,( 49 v 15 ) And
so He ,who was truly God and truly man, came and paid the price of our
redemption.,not with perishable things such as silver or gold ..............
but with His precious blood (1 Peter 1 v 18-19 ) So it is when we
trust Jesus as our Saviour, God accepts us on the bases of the price Jesus
paid on the cross.
Not the labours of my hands
Can fulfil thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could mt tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
( Words by A M Toplady )