Have you ever received a gift card or gift certificate? Did you ever redeem it? What did you do? You cashed in or traded your card for what someone else had already purchased for you in advance. When you buy a gift card for someone you pay for the amount you want them to have. When they redeem the card they get to spend the money that was already purchased for them.
We sing a lot of worship songs about our redeemer. We sing We are Redeemed, My Redeemer lives, Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so! Do we really know what that means when we say we are redeemed. Do we fully understand what it means to say that My Redeemer lives and do we mean when we say that we are the Redeemed of the Lord?
Here are some definitions of Redeem from Websters Dictionary.
1 a : to buy back : repurchase b : to get or win back
2 : to free from what distresses or harms: as a : to free from captivity by payment of ransom b : to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental c : to release from blame or debt : clear d : to free from the consequences of sin
3 : to change for the better : reform
4 : repair, restore
There is a story in the Bible that really shows the concept of having a redeemer. Do you know the story of Ruth.
The story of Ruth starts out with her father-in-law Elimelech. Elimelech and his wife Naomi are Israelites living in Bethlehem.. There is a famine in the land so they move to the land of Moab. Elimelech and Naomi have 2 sons. His sons, being Israelites, marry into forbidden families (Moabites). During the course of the next 10 years, Elimelech and his 2 sons died leaving Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws widowed.. Naomi heard that the Lord was blessing her home land with abundant crops so she decided to move back to Bethlehem. During the move she told the daughters to go back to their native land and to their mothers as she has nothing to offer them. Ruth chose to stay and declared that she would make Naomi’s God her God also. Now before they moved away from Bethelem, Elimelech owned lands that should have been passed down to his sons, Ruths now dead husband. Naomi was having to sell her family’s land. Family is important to God. He wanted the land to stay in the family and he set up laws for this.
Leviticus 25:23-24 and levirate marriage in Deuteronomy 25:5-10. Boaz redeemed the land for Elimelech and he married Ruth. The land and any children that Ruth would now have would carry on the family name. Boaz restored and returned everything that belonged to that family. He purchased it back for them and kept it in the family.
Ruth now became Boaz’s husband in the geneaology of Jesus instead of being known as a Moabite.
This is a type and shadow of what Jesus did for us.
First God makes us new creatures just like Ruth became the wife of Boaz and in the geneology of Jesus instead of being Ruth the outcast Moabite, we become new creatures in Christ. He transfers us from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of His Dear Son. He brings us into His family and gives us his name and we are now called Children of God.
“Who are you?” he asked.“I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”
The blood of Jesus is our covering. God paid for us with the precious blood of Jesus. Boaz had enough money to buy Naomis property but only by the precious blood of Jesus could we be redeemed. No other payment would do. God sent his best for us to be brought back to the blessing.
1 Peter 1
18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
Gods plan from the very beginning was to bring us back to him through the blood of Jesus. He wanted a family and he always had a plan to keep his family. Just like Boaz bought back everything
18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us. No longer are we a slave to the curse of the law or a slave to the law of sin and death but we are free.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
He bought back the Blessing of Abraham for us to live in and walk in. He brought us back into His family.
Galatians 4:4-6 (New Living Translation)
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.[a] 6 And because we[b] are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”[c]
Ephesians 1:7-14 (New Living Translation)
7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[a] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. 12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 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[b] by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 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.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[c] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[d] and forgave our sins.
Jesus redeemed us from the curse and brought us back into the inheritance that God has for his people. We become joint heirs with Christ.
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.[a] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. 13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[b] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive he eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.