One of the concepts that appears in the worship songs we sing is the concept of ‘redemption’. This is a rich word that had great meaning to the ancient world. Redemption was a special provision that God had built into the laws of His people in the Old Testament. If a person went through difficulties and hardships to the point where they became impoverished and were unable to support themselves anymore they would sell their property, inheritance and themselves to another person and live as their slave. The rule was that this person’s relatives could decide to redeem them by purchasing their freedom back from their owner, restoring them to their former state. One of the great redemption stories in the Old Testament is the redemption of Ruth by Boaz.
It says in Ephesians 1:7-8, ‘7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.’ All of us apart from Jesus are slaves to sin. On our own we have become bankrupt when it comes to righteousness or being good enough for a holy God. As a result we become the property of the ruler of this world, Satan, and our future and inheritance is one of eternal separation from God. But that’s NOT the end of the story. We have a Redeemer and His name is Jesus. He has paid our ransom by laying His very life down at the cross to set us free. What an awesome change of events for us who have said ‘Yes’ to Jesus! We go from being a slave of sin awaiting a future of eternal separation from God to being a redeemed child of God awaiting a glorious future with Him in His eternal kingdom.
Praising my Redeemer!