The Apostles taught in their letters that Jesus is our Redeemer. And though the gospels don’t record Jesus using this title for himself, hardly a page passes without the reader observing that Jesus was mindful of His mission to redeem or ransom sinful people for God and reconcile them to Him.
[Bronze crucifix in Notre Dame, Paris, France. May, 2013.]
This post is a quick reminder to Christians and non-Christians alike that Jesus is the focus of Christian faith because He is the only redeemer given by God. Here’s a slightly deeper look at why we call Jesus our Redeemer…
Why do we call Christ our Redeemer?
By calling Christ our Redeemer, we confess the fact that we are, by nature, sold into a three-fold bondage to sin, to the corruption of this cursed world, and to the devil. We are born into the long, slow advance of a slave’s death and the multiplied miseries that accompany it. By nature, death is our master and destiny.
Second, by calling Christ our Redeemer, we confess that we cannot free ourselves from our bondage to sin, misery and death. We lack the capacity and the will. We confess that we are indeed sick, sick unto death, in need of a divine physician.
Third, by calling Christ our Redeemer, we confess that Jesus of Nazareth alone was able to pay the great price, the ransom, for our freedom. That price was the suffering of an innocent substitute–himself–freely offered to satisfy the justice of God’s wrath against sin. By offering himself in our place, the just for the unjust, Christ has set us free from the penalty and power of sin, the world, and the devil. As a result, life, not death, is our eternal destiny.
Do you sense in your soul the enslaving power of sin and death working in you? Rejoice! For Christ, your Redeemer, has bought your life for God, and He rejoices to receive you.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.–Mark 10:45
I hope this reminder will fan the flames of prayer and worship in your heart. May you grasp how high and deep and wide is the love of God for you in giving His only Son, your Redeemer, to rescue you from your hopeless estate so that you might belong to God.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself…–2 Corinthians 5:18
This Sunday, let us join together with our local congregations to worship Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
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