Jesus is our Redeemer. That should be the emphasis of every Christian: Jesus Christ, crucified, risen and coming again. The word redeem means to buy back. Through Jesus, God bought us back from our sins.
Jesus, the Redeemer
God had a permanent solution to the problem of sin, and that was to provide the sacrifice Himself. Jesus Christ, His only Son, took on all of our sins and died in our place. Therefore, God bought us for the price of the life of His Son. The sacrifice of Jesus cleared the way and provided our access to the Father.
The qualification to become a Redeemer was recorded for us in the book of Leviticus. Only a relative was permitted to redeem a brother, when he fell into financial hardship. Therefore, only the perfect Son of God could pay the price for our sins.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary gives a good definition for Redeemer as “one charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs.” This is a great place to start with defining Jesus as the Redeemer.
There are 149 occurrences of the words redeem, redeemer, or redemption in the Old Testament. Many of these instances refer to God delivering the Israelites out of Egypt. God restored the rights of the Jews to be free.
Jesus is our Redeemer, and the price he paid was his own life. We are all sinners and our sin keeps us from God. We think of our rebellion as freedom, but it binds us in chains. In the fullness of time, Jesus paid an enormous redemption price for our release from the punishment of our sins. Our redemption comes from Jesus alone.
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