Monday, June 27, 2016

I AM REDEEMED


“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8a) 

Redemption is a familiar word in our society but, without looking to the Word of God, the spiritual meaning is unfamiliar. In our Western world, we redeem coupons and vouchers and understand that handing it in at the right time and place will result in receiving something. But redemption in the Kingdom is so much deeper. As believers in Christ Jesus, we’re aware that we’re redeemed, just as we know we are blessed and chosen. But do we really know the magnitude of our redemption? 

Webster’s Dictionary has several definitions for the word redeem: to buy back, to get or win back, to free from captivity by payment of ransom, to release from blame or debt, and to free from the consequences of sin. We won’t see the beauty of our redemption without first recognizing the depravity of our sin.

We are familiar with slavery through history, and unfortunately know it to still be a modern-day reality in human trafficking, but it is hard to personally wrap our minds around what that fully means. It’s still a bit foreign to us in the natural. But the people in Ephesus were quite familiar with the practice of slavery in their day because of the Roman Empire. They knew slaves were only freed by the payment of a ransom. But think about it. How could a slave pay anything? Many became slaves because of outstanding debt they already couldn’t repay. Or maybe slavery is all they knew since their parents were slaves themselves. The likelihood of redemption was slim to none.

In order for us to start to grab hold of the weight and miracle of our redemption, we must remember that every single one of us came into this broken world as captives to sin. We were destined for destruction and unable to pay the price for our redemption. There is only one price to be set free from the bondage of sin: DEATH. And not just any death either. Only the blood of Jesus could buy us back. 

Jesus’ assignment was to leave heaven, live a perfect, sinless life on earth and then give His life for all of humanity by dying on the cross for us. And He did it! He stepped in to pay the price because of His great love for us, knowing we could never do it on our own. While we were still sinners, He died for us… knowing every  filthy, rotten thing that we would do. Not just the sins before our salvation but also the mistakes we’d make afterward. It’s mind-blowing when you think about the amazing grace that our God lavishes upon us. There is no greater spiritual blessing. But how come we aren’t rejoicing over our freedom more?

We’ve spoken about how our blessings in Christ all build on one another and also intertwine into our identity in Christ (i.e. chosen to be holy). While the Bible clearly shows us that we were chosen and redeemed for a purpose, there are times we can focus so much on what we were redeemed for (on this side of eternity) that we forget what we were redeemed from. And yet, our inability to look back to remember all that Christ did for us can hold us back and as a result, we slip back. That’s why communion is so important and so special. It’s a time of reflection on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. It’s focusing on HIS grace and HIS mercy. It’s in HIM that we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our sins. It’s all HIM. 

Remember your redemption.

Additional Readings:
Colossians 1:13-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Reflection Questions:
What does being redeemed mean to you? How might your daily life look different if you were to regularly reflect on your redemption in Christ? What would your response be? 

Assignment: 
I encourage you to participate in communion.  If you do not have the opportunity to do so this week, take the time to meditate on and truly consider your redemption in Christ as you partake of communion the next time. 





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3 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm so happy I was redeemed through the blood of Christ Col 1:7. So glad He loves me. Redemption to me means I was rescued. To reflect daily I tell more people about the rescue power of Christ saving us all.

Marlene Folk said...

I'm so happy I was redeemed through the blood of Christ Col 1:7. So glad He loves me. Redemption to me means I was rescued. To reflect daily I tell more people about the rescue power of Christ saving us all.

Jennifer Roth said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Marlene. Love you!