When Jesus went to Calvary’s Cross, He willingly traded His flawless life for yours. Your life was riddled with guilt and shame, and yet the stench and filth of your sins were instantly traded for a robe of purest white. You gained the opportunity to have your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life by accepting Christ as your Savior and thus earning eternal redemption.
There are two redemptions. The one we earn here on earth; and the one we will earn as an eternal reward. Both are because of the shed blood of Calvary’s Cross.
As a sinner, you should have been condemned to die. But Jesus, the precious Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, died in your place. He redeemed you from all unrighteousness and set you free from death, hell, and the grave (Revelation 1:18). He set you free from sickness and disease (Psalm 91:10). He set you free from the pain of the past and the fear of tomorrow (Matthew 6:26-34). And whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36)!
That is just a snapshot of what it means to be redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ! He has completely redeemed every aspect of your life. He has even promised to fight your battles for you (2 Chronicles 20:17). You are precious to Him!
So, what are you doing with this priceless gift? Are you wasting time wallowing in self-pity? Stop! You are redeemed! You have better things to do!
“He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.”
— Psalm 72:14
God is from everlasting to everlasting. There is no shadow of turning in Him (James 1:17). What He has done in the past, He can and will do again. Redemption is forever! This single act not only changed the course of history, but the future for each and every one of us!
“...You, O LORD, are our Father; our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”
— Isaiah 63:16
Are you distraught? Tied to the pain of your past? Worried about all of the wrongs you have committed; thinking you can never be of any use to the Kingdom? Wrong! You are redeemed! Your sins are forgiven, never to be remembered against you any more...not because you deserve it, but because His grace is greater than your sin (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
— Ephesians 1:7
You are purified and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. The royal blood of heaven flows through your veins.
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption...”
— 1 Corinthians 1:30
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
— Hebrews 9:22
Praise God for what He has done! His goodness is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2)! His mercies are renewed every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on us!
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people...”
— Luke 1:68
Who is redeemed? YOU are redeemed! Jesus has redeemed all of us, regardless of our past, regardless of our faults. He came that we ALL might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
“...You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation...”
— Revelation 5:9
And the Church will be redeemed once again. When Jesus Christ comes to call us home, it will be the greatest day in the life of every Believer. In the twinkling of an eye we will be called up as the trumpet sounds. Our Redeemer will be calling us home to spend an eternity worshipping Him!
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
— Luke 21:27-28
What is the greatest thing you can celebrate today as the walls of life come crashing down around you? When you are celebrating the greatest mountain-top victories or trudging through the deepest valleys, you have reason to celebrate every moment that you have breath in your lungs. Why? Because He lives and you can face tomorrow with great hope that the very best is yet to come!
“For I know that my Redeemer lives...”
— Job 19:25