Yesterday we saw that Jesus freed us by making payment in full for our sin debt. There’s another piece related to payment in Jesus’ declaration that “It is finished” – He has redeemed us.
A running theme in our house is my wife has a coupon for everything. I know it, our daughters know it, even our friends know it. If you’re headed somewhere where a payment is required, my wife probably has a coupon for it.
When you use a coupon it’s called “redeeming” it. You redeem the coupon and receive the item you’re purchasing.
Here’s where this analogy breaks down – there was no discount on the cost of your life. Jesus had to pay the price in full – with His life. In so doing, He did redeem us.
Today’s Good News is while we may not see ourselves as having value or worth, Jesus would disagree. He saw great worth in us. In His eyes, we are the “treasure” the “pearl of great value” (Mathew 13). You are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19). Your sin owned you, Jesus bought you back!
“…our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
~ Titus 2:13-14
“And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.”
~ Ephesians 1:13-14
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. How does the Bible reveal this love? By showing Jesus’ willingly laying down His life to redeem us. Do you believe this to be true about Jesus and His love for you? Then your inheritance is guaranteed- and that’s really Good News!
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