December 16th:  Christ our Redeemer

 

“The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins”, declares the LORD.

Isaiah 59:20

 

      I can’t ponder the thought of Christ as my Redeemer without thinking about my own sin and how short I fall from what God intended us all to be.  For something to be redeemed, it  implies a wrong or transgression of some sort.  It is the making right of that wrong by paying a price, a ransom, the bringing back of something that was lost or taken away, returning to its intended state.

      That is who Jesus is as our Redeemer.  Without him we are lost and separated from the  righteousness of God.  Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection that relationship can be restored if we choose to accept him as our Lord and Savior.  The consequence of our sin is death, but through his redeeming act on the cross, he put himself in our place.  He took the burden of our sin as his own, through his suffering and death, to make the ultimate sacrifice, make amends, and liberate us from the wages of our own sin. 

      However, Jesus as our Redeemer goes far beyond his suffering and sacrifice.  Luke 24:21 tells us of the conversation between two believers traveling down the road to Emmaus with Jesus, three days after the crucifixion.  They did not recognize him and said “but we had hoped he was the one who was going to redeem Israel”.   Without the resurrection, their hopes of a Redeemer were gone.  But, his resurrection assures us that he has conquered death once and for all and that we now have the opportunity to join him in eternal life. 

      To get a full picture of Christ’s redeeming act, I invite you to ponder the lyrics of the hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”.  The entire song paints a beautiful picture of the           redeeming love of our God through his only begotten son.  However, the final stanza very   poignantly tells us:

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

 

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for your redeeming love for us.  You saved us from our world of sin and gave yourself freely as a sacrifice, to offer us eternity with you. Lord let us not overlook our disobedience and rebellion when we offer our gratitude for the enormous price you paid for our redemption. Amen.

 

Submitted by Carol Hempker