Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It!

“ But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:21-25)

I am so thankful for a God of grace who extended mercy to me when I deserved wrath. I think that’s why we love songs about redemption. Redemption is a biblical word that means “a purchase” or “a ransom.” To be redeemed, and then, is to be forgiven, holy, justified, free, adopted, and reconciled. God purchased our freedom from slavery to sin.   Here are a few examples to reflect on this week:

Gen. 22:6-8 – Isaac said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” This whole experience is summed up in the words, “God will provide for Himself the lamb.” The LORD God did just that at a Calvary.

Ex. 12: 7-13 – God still says, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (v. 13). The lamb had to be slain, and man had to trust in God’s provision of that lamb. Today God sees the redeemed by the covering of Christ’s blood.

Lev. 22:21 – The lamb must always be a lamb “without blemish.” It must be perfect to remove sin and guilt (I Peter 1:18-21). Every sacrifice in the Old Testament anticipated the perfect sacrifice the Lamb of God would one day offer.

Isa. 53 – He was “wounded for our transgressions…the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all…He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” Isaiah tells us the lamb will be a person of God’s choosing who will die a substitutionary death for our sins. You can find Isaiah 53 regularly quoted in the New Testament.

John 1:29 – “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Our sins are only removed by the sacrifice of the Lamb.

I Peter 1:18-21 – “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Rev. 5:9-10, 12-13 – The Lamb of God is the Lion of the tribe of Judah who reigns as the sovereign King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all eternity. The whole book focuses our attention on the “Lamb standing as if slain” at the throne of God. The elders fell down and worship, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign upon the earth…’Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.'”

What does it mean to be redeemed? It means a person has been rescued from sin and death by the blood of Christ. We are not our own. We have all been purchased by the blood of Christ.

One of my favorite contemporary songs is Big Daddy Weave’s “Redeemed.” I like to begin each day in the office by listening to “Big Daddy” pour it out in power. It helps me stay focused on all the daily tasks. Why don’t you take this week and add the song to the end of your daily devotion.

Pastor Derek

“Redeemed”

(Lyrics by Big Daddy Weave)

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, ’cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed