Thursday, September 26, 2013

There is A Redeemer

For I know that my Redeemer lives…
                          Job 19:25 NIV 

O LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer                  Psalm 19:14
Your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb      Isaiah 44:24
Our Redeemer—the LORD Almighty is His name   Isaiah 47:4
I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer       Isaiah 49:26
Yet their Redeemer is strong                              Jeremiah 50:34 

     A Redeemer—saving from danger or hostility; purchasing from slavery; rescuing and defending!

     Sometimes I wonder if my finite human mind can comprehend God’s gift of redemption. We sing about it in our hymns, we read about it in the Psalms, we discuss it in Bible study and yet…

     I often ask myself if I truly understood the cost of redemption would I live differently. Would I pay more attention to the important things of God and exorcise much of the junk that consumes daily activity. What changes would I make if I grasped the totality of God’s Redemption Plan?

     God’s grace encompasses every moment of life. Without His grace life would cease to exist. From before time as we know it, God planned the redemption of His arrogant, conceited, pompous, presumptive and condescending creation. Rather than wipe us all off the face of the earth and start with a totally new creation, which He could easily have done, He chose Redemption—a second chance—a do over!

     Job, King David, Isaiah and Jeremiah are a few among those who understood that there is a Redeemer. Before Messiah came—there IS a Redeemer. Before the Cross of Christ—there IS a Redeemer. Before the foundation of the world was measured and laid out—there IS a Redeemer.

     And yet God’s grace motivated by love created those whom He knew would rebel—after He had a plan of redemption. God’s plan never was to throw humans on the earth, let us wander around in our rebellion and hope that one day we would stumble across the Redeemer. His plan clothed His Only Son in a blanket of flesh. His plan was grace, hand delivered from the throne room of heaven to the dusty trails of a little nation that would be hated by the world. His plan saw you and me in our sin long before our first breath of air.    

     His plan included saving us from the danger and hostility of satan, rescuing us from slavery to sin and defending us against the forces of evil.

     Why He loved me, I do not understand. Why He saw me worthy of the life of His Son, I do not understand. But there is one thing for which I am eternally grateful and I do understand. There IS a Redeemer—Jesus Christ my Lord!

©JP 2013

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