I was reminded of a song by Nicole C. Mullin this past week, “I know my Redeemer lives.” The very same day, I was reminded of Steven Curtis Chapman’s, “My Redeemer is faithful and true.”
“Redeemer” is not a term used today by Americans so why is this so great?
Our first introduction to “Redeemer” in Scripture is in the book of Ruth, via “kinsman redeemer.”
According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical theology, a “kinsman redeemer” is:
Male relative who, according to various laws found in the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act for a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication.
It continues with more details on the Old Testament but I wanted to point this out. He puts it so much more eloquently that I could ever dream.
Although the doctrine of redemption from sin is taught extensively in the New Testament, it is not connected closely with the Old Testament concept of kinsman-redeemer. Christ can, however, be regarded as an example of a kinsman-redeemer since He identified Himself with us and redeemed us because of our need. Hebrews 2:11 states that “Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Jesus is not only our Redeemer from sin, but as Hebrews 2:16-18 and 4:14-16 point out, He is a kinsman to us and understands our struggles. Thus He is able to help us in our times of need. (Stephen J. Brame)
Jesus was fully God and fully man all at the same time. He suffered hunger, sleepiness, pain and anguish. He laughed and He cried. His heart was fully devoted to each one He came in contact with while He was here on this earth to show His unfailing, everlasting and deep love. It is a love that no one can fathom. It is a love that fills the deepest void in our lives.
Nothing on this earth can compare to what Jesus offers us. Though invisible to us now, we will see Him face to face and know Him just as we are fully known.
He laid down His life willingly to save us from eternal separation from God because of sin. He left His throne where myriads of angels adored Him and saw Him in His glory to come to earth. He was born in a barn. I know what you’re thinking, “No…manger!” But who uses that term today? He was born in a place where the animals were sheltered with hay and water. It was literally a barn. He was raised as a Jewish carpenter’s son. He worked hard and lived in submission to His earthly parents. He was humble. He showed us what humility and obedience were all about.
How many times have you been to work and were asked to do something that you felt was “beneath” you? Jesus did as He was told until it was time for His ministry. The last 3 1/2 years of His life were the most powerful, life-changing events ever recorded in History. Yet, people want to deny His Deity.
If Jesus were just any other man, why are people so afraid of His message? Why are they pushing Him out of schools and you cannot invoke His name in prayer?
Because He lives. He ever lives to intercede for us. He is our Redeemer and the demons tremble at His name.