DAY 97: Tuesday 23 June
Good morning all
The word ‘Redeem’ implies claiming something that is already paid for. You have gift vouchers, maybe received as a Christmas or birthday gift, which you can exchange for goods or services at no cost to you. The cost has already been paid; all you need to do is redeem the voucher.
Redeem also means to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage, or to buy back something that had been pawned to raise cash.
Sometimes we say of someone that they redeemed the time, implying they had previously wasted or squandered the time but then made good in the remaining time.
Looking back can bring us a lot of joy but to dwell on our personal bad times can be quite demoralising and maybe arouses a sense of regret or guilt. With the best will in the world we can never mend a broken egg, but all too often that is what we're trying to do. This is where the beautiful concept of redemption comes into being.
It is a Godly, Heavenly gift which our Heavenly Father gives to all who are genuinely sorry and express a sincere willingness to never do it again. Salvation begins here. JESUS pays the price and we go free. This redemptive freedom is a free spiritual gift from God to enjoy for the rest of our lives but in no way negates our personal responsibility to make restitution where appropriate just as those who have been through a court process and are found guilty still have to pay their fines or serve their sentence.
We’ve been hearing much about slavery in recent weeks and another type of redeemed was where in those days someone would come along and buy a slave in the market or from a slave owner and then simply set them free. A slave redeemer is a good example of what Jesus has done for mankind – paid the price of buying us back from the clutches of sin and then setting us free. Wouldn’t it be unthinkable for someone having been purchased and set free to then decide to step back into slavery again – or would it?
The character of Job in the Bible was one who, in the midst of his recovery from devastating losses and onslaught from the Evil One coupled with some very unhelpful counsel from those who claimed to be his friend, Job was able to cry out - Job 19:25 - I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
Peter had denied Jesus on the night he was betrayed but was subsequently forgiven by the Sovereign Lord Jesus after the full price of his redemption was fully paid on the Cross. Just a few weeks after the Resurrection on the shores of Lake Galilee Peter was challenged by the Saviour as he was held to account, not for the past but for the now and the future with just three questions using the same for words “Do you love Me?”
Years later, Peter was able to pen these words >>>
1 Peter 1:18-19 - 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,
As we consider these great words it is good to see how the headstrong disciple, Peter, had ‘moved forward’ and grown in his understanding and knowledge of his Lord and Saviour.
So our spiritual redemption costs us nothing but it cost the Saviour everything – His life and His blood.
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Prayer request for David & Rachael Green and their family – Charlotte has been experiencing ‘vacant’ episodes where she becomes completely unresponsive. She has been taken to hospital a couple of times by paramedics and is now undergoing exploratory tests in Good Hope with an MRI scan scheduled for Wednesday. James, her older brother, is very worried for his sister and doesn’t want her to go through what he has suffered. Please also remember the grandparents Dorothy and Ray & Barbara through this time.
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