REDEMPTION means to “pay a debt that you could not pay.” Jesus Christ, upon His death on the Cross paid the ultimate price for all sin of mankind.
That payment was paid in full with the shedding of innocent blood. At that moment in history, Jesus paid the debt you have no means of paying.
Once I owed exactly $1500 in tax penalties for a mistake on my income tax.
The I.R.S. had sent me many letters and on this date, I was one day away from when they were supposed to freeze my bank account.
I didn’t have enough money to pay that bill. While in the grand scheme of things, this little amount is nothing compared to the price Jesus paid for you and I, but it serves as an illustration of reconciliation.
Titus 3:5 says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Redemption comes to us through what HE has done for us to make us new!
It was Sunday afternoon. It was a debt I could not pay.
In fact, I had about $300 to my name. With mortgage and utilities due that same week, I didn’t have money for those let alone paying $1500 to the I.R.S.
It was a debt I could not pay. It was Sunday afternoon about 4:00 P.M… None of the ministry supporters would be home.
Even if they were, they couldn’t help get money to me that very day.
Thus, I prayed. “Dear Lord Jesus I need Your help with this.
” No more than 30 minutes later, a knock on the door sounded. We opened the door. It was my cousin whom I had not seen in two years.
He was standing there telling me that he had just sold his house a few weeks ago. He reminded me that he had promised that he was going to tithe on the sale of the house.
Therefore, he handed me a check for $1,000.
I was so blessed beyond words. We thanked and prayed for him. As he left, we stood at the door. My wife and I were so appreciative.
Yet, being the realist, I was still worried about where the additional $500 would come from. I said, “This is wonderful.
It is a true answer to prayer, but you know we really need just $500 more to be able to pay the I.R.S. tomorrow” She said, “I guess you better keep praying.”
We closed the door and went back inside. Suddenly, we hear, KNOCK, KNOCK once again. As I opened the door again, there was my cousin again.
He said: “Ken as I drove down to the end of the block, I heard God say something.” It shocked me. So turn around. I have to do something.
On my back, he wrote another check. He folded it up, then told me how God had told him the exact amount and hoped that it would bless me. Without looking at the check, I thanked him and prayed for him.
After he left, I went back inside to tell Ann the news. We opened the check with great anticipation: Can you believe it? It was for exactly $500.00!
That next day, I went to the bank, made the deposit. I went to the I.R.S. office and wrote them a check. The debt I owed was paid in full. God literally paid the debt we could not pay.
Now that story is just a temporal material example of a spiritual truth.
Because of your sins, your life has been assigned a very real death penalty.
You cannot pay it off. You are stuck in a helpless state.
Jesus comes to you and redeems your life from the pit because He has already paid the price of your debt. All you can do in return is say thank You Jesus, for redeeming you.
A story told by Paul Lee Tan illustrates the meaning of redemption. He said that when A.J. Gordon was pastor of a church in Boston, he met a young boy in front of the sanctuary carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously.
Gordon inquired, “Son, where did you get those birds?” The boy replied, “I trapped them out in the field.”
“What are you going to do with them?” “I’m going to play with them, and then I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.”
When Gordon offered to buy them, the lad exclaimed, “Mister, you don’t want them, they’re just little old wild birds and can’t sing very well.”
Gordon replied, “I’ll give you $2 for the cage and the birds.” “Okay, it’s a deal, but you’re making a bad bargain.”
The exchange was made and the boy went away whistling, happy with his shiny coins. Gordon walked around to the back of the church property, opened the door of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue.
The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ’s coming to seek and to save the lost — paying for them with His own precious blood.
“That boy told me the birds were not songsters,” said Gordon, “but when I released them and they winged their way heavenward, it seemed to me they were singing, ‘Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!”
You and I have been held captive to sin, but Christ has purchased our pardon and set us at liberty. When a person has this life-changing experience, he will want to sing, “Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!”
Source: Our Daily Bread.
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