This morning at CBC we looked at Jesus as “Our Redeemer”.
Today is Earth Day and a good day to talk about damaged good. I believe that God created the earth and called it good. I also believe that good stewardship is a God idea. So today is a good day to think about redeeming what we’ve damaged.
Last Friday Baltimore hosted a Fail B’more conference where people were discussing making good on failure. Jason Hardebeck (pictured) sold his co. WhoGlue to FB He said, “Innovation is about trying stuff that doesn’t work until you find something that does. Failure is a bad thing only if it takes too long or costs too much, or you don’t learn from it.”
Our English word “redeem” is from the Latin “to buy back – the liberation of any possession, object, or person, usually by payment of a ransom.” Redeem: preserve, purchase, ransom, rescue, save…restoration, healing, new life.
When he sold his beloved Austin 10 in 1967, Pete Thomson (pictured) assumed that would be the last he ever saw of it.
However he has amazingly been reunited with his car after the 44-year gap – and was astounded to find it had only done ten miles since he sold it.
Pete, from Whitby in North Yorkshire, first bought the classic 1934 Austin in 1959 when he was serving in the Royal Engineers. He paid £45 for the car, keeping it for eight years before he sold it on for around £400.
“There has been a lot of money spent by the various owners doing it up but it has only been roadworthy for about the last 12 months.’
God has always been about the process of redemption.
The first time that God came to earth and spoke His own name so that it could be heard he called himself, “Yahweh”, which means: Creator – Redeemer.
God alone has the ability to save His people from slavery and captivity.
Here’s a few examples of God revealing Himself as a Redeemer:
Exodus 6:6 God promises to redeem them from Egyptian captivity
Psalm 34:22 “the Lord will redeem those who serve Him. No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.
Isaiah 63:7-9 “In His love and mercy He redeemed them.”
Proverbs 23:10-11 “don’t take the land of the defenseless orphans. For their Redeemer is strong;”
Psalm 19:14 “may the words…be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
In the story of Ruth, we see a human example of this called a “kinsman-redeemer”. This is the relative who restores or preserves the full community rights of disadvantaged family members.
As we look to Jesus “Our Redeemer” try reading: Hebrews 9:11-12, 14-15, 26-28 “Christ, secured our redemption forever,”
Early Christians were know to repeat this saying: “Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
In West Africa, in 1927, a blood specimen was take from a native named Asibi (pictured), who was sick with yellow fever. A rhesus monkey which had just been received from India, was inoculated with the specimen. Asibi recovered, but the monkey died of the disease. All the vaccine manufactured since 1927, by the Rockefeller Foundation, the government and other agencies as well, derives from the original strain of virus obtained from this humble native. Carried down to the present day from one laboratory to another, through repeated cultures, and by enormous multiplication, it has offered immunity to yellow fever to millions of people in many countries. Through the creative imagination of science, the blood of one man in West Africa has been made to serve the whole human race. – James Hastings
We’re starting to see a picture of Jesus, as our Redeemer.
In redemption we see a picture of buying freedom for a slave, to release or set free, liberate, deliver.
“Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin,” 1 Corinthians 1:30
“Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30
“Everything that we have – right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start – comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 Message
The same word “redemption” is seen as “by His death we are set free” and “we are set free from our bad desires in Ephesians 1:7.
Now to help us understand this more, please read Ephesians 1:4-8.
“He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7 NLT
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace,” Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.” Ephesians 1:7 Message
What are we talking about? Made us free from what? He set us free from slavery to sin that leads to death. Before you experience the grace in forgiveness by Christ it is a compulsion for you to make mistakes.
We are bought back from spiritual slavery, death, and hell. We are released to spiritual freedom, life, and heaven!
Redemption is not:
Pretending the problem doesn’t exist
Forgiveness that forgets
Leaving you outside the home
Making you look like me
Understanding where you’ve been
Forgiving you and Healing you
Walking with you through the change
Bringing you back home
Giving you full rights
For what purpose are we made free?
Read Ephesians 1:9-14 “God’s purpose…so we would praise Him.” Speak of His goodness. Sing song of redeemed.
Also, we see in verses 17-18 that you would “grow in your knowledge of God, and confident hope.”
Read Ephesians 2:8-10 “so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Freedom to “be” and to “do”. We now have a freedom to be who God designed us to be, and a freedom to do what God designed us to do.
Psalm 107:1-2 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!”