The last few weeks we’ve been taking a look at different aspects of our identity in Christ. As we turn our focus to Easter this weekend, we are reminded that the most important part of our identity is that we are REDEEMED!
Redemption is not a concept we hear about much in our daily lives. Every year, around Easter, we focus again on what Christ has done for us, but to be honest, my brain kind of just glosses over the term. What does it mean to be redeemed? What was I redeemed from?
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV
This Scripture so beautifully captures not only what we were redeemed from but shows the weight of the cost. In the New Testament, redemption is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and to freedom from captivity. When Adam and Eve chose disobedience and brought sin into the world, humanity was now held captive by sin and death. This way of life only brought grief, evil, destruction and separation from God. Sin owned us–we were helpless against its power. This life of sin kept us from living the life we were intended to have–a life of joy and peace and flourishing.
But God in His deep abiding love for us, began making a way for us to be brought back to full relationship with Him–restored to who He created us to be. He rescued us from darkness and a life of imprisonment to sin, and set us free so sin no longer had control over us. Jesus redeemed our life by restoring ownership to God.
It is only through Jesus giving up His perfect life in exchange for ours, that we are redeemed. We were not redeemed by things that don’t last, but a once and for all act of mercy and grace. Our redemption cannot be undone–it is eternal.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1-2 NLT
This redemption and new life that God has given us comes from the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Praise be to God! Not only are we redeemed but we are also chosen by God to be His sons and daughters. He has set us free in order that we may live in the world that He intended. As His redeemed, beloved daughters, we can boldly run into His arms without guilt, shame or hindrance. We are now His and we now belong to the Kingdom of God.
As we enter this weekend of remembrance, please take some time to thank Jesus for rescuing us and redeeming us. Rejoice in knowing that Jesus has paid the price for our freedom and we can walk confidently and joyfully in God’s love and grace this Easter!