Redemption Through Christ…
Christ paid the ultimate price on the cross so that we might be redeemed:
In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. –Ephesians 1:7-8, NAB
We throw around the word redemption pretty frequently in our Christian faith, but what does it really mean? What does it mean to be redeemed by the blood of Christ? Have you ever thought much about it?
What are some other ways that we use the word redeem? We redeem a coupon at the supermarket. We redeem our mortgage when it is paid off. We are redeemed when we win some moral victory (we redeem ourselves). How do these uses of the word redeem or redemption apply to our Christian faith?
According to Merriam-Webster.com, redeem means “to buy back,” or “to release from blame or debt.” I think both of these ideas are worth looking at.
First, let’s look at Jesus’ act of buying us back. When buying anything, there is a cost – few things in this world are free. Unfortunately, we came at a pretty high price. To buy us back, Christ came down and was hung on the cross to pay for our sins. He paid the ultimate price.
Why did Jesus have to do this? Why did He have to pay for us? We are in major debt because of our sins – a greater debt than we can ever repay. Jesus had to pay the debt that we could not pay on our own. Like a parent who helps pay their child’s way out of debt or a bad situation, God came to save us from our own mistakes.
Without the blood of Christ, we would never pay back the debt for our sins. Thankfully, Christ came to redeem us by paying our debts on the cross. He gave His life so that we could have a second chance at ours.