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Rescued and Redeemed

Rescued and Redeemed{Colossians 1:13-14; ESV}
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Sin devalues our lives. God created us for a purpose, and that purpose is to be His regents and stewards in this world.  We are to reflect God’s character as we take care of His creation. The sad reality is that we chose to do our own thing, and so we set aside this purpose, which is the very thing that brings lasting value to our lives.

What this means is that our lives are not what they should be.  We fail to live up to the potential that God created us to have, and we pursue lesser things in order to find some semblance of meaning and purpose.  In the process we have allowed Satan to wrap us in the chains of sin so that we have become his prisoners.

In order for our lives to regain their original value we must be redeemed. Redemption is necessary if we are to regain the purpose that was lost because of sin. Redemption straightens out the twisted heart that sin has created in us, and restores our lives to their original condition.

What makes redemption possible? Redemption is made possible through Jesus. You and I can be redeemed because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We would not have the hope of redemption and transformation apart from Jesus.

In these two verses the apostle Paul talks about two kingdoms. There is the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Jesus (which is the Kingdom of light). Kingdom language was something Paul’s readers would have understood, but we can struggle with understanding precisely what Paul meant when it comes to the idea of kingdom.

During this time in history it was common for one kingdom to take hostages from another kingdom, and that kingdom would hold them until the ransomed was paid or the demand was met. For example Julius Caesar took hostages from Celtic tribes, usually the chief’s children, to guarantee that these tribes wouldn’t attack his legions as they moved through the region. The price of redemption was a combination of safe passage and gold. If the conditions were met and the money paid the hostages would be released. If not the hostages would be killed or sold as slaves.

Sin is how Satan holds us for hostage. Since we are hostages we are powerless to get free on our own. What we need is a redeemer.

Jesus came, and he did far more than redeem us. Our Savior did not pay some ransom to Satan for our safe release. He came and defeated Satan and rescued us from the kingdom of darkness. Jesus made a way for us to be brought back into the Kingdom of Light, and be restored to our original position.

Jesus secured our redemption, not because he paid the price Satan demanded, but because he won the victory over Satan. We are redeemed because we have been rescued!

The fact that we have been rescued means that we have been brought into God’s Kingdom. This is where we need to be if we are to experience the transformation of our lives, the healing of our hearts, and the restoration of our spirits. We can only experience life the way God intended for us to live when we are citizens of His kingdom. Redemption means we are brought back to where we need to be, and that our original value has been restored.

Questions to consider:

  • How have you experienced sin devaluing your life?
  • Why does redemption require us to be rescued?
  • What hope can we have in knowing that we have been rescued and redeemed?

Sunday Prayer: Father Rescue Me

{Psalms 130:1-2; ESV}

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

Father God hear my cry for help. The struggles and anxieties I face threaten to overwhelm me and consume my life.

Provide me with the courage I need to face life’s challenges. Guide my steps so I can live like Jesus as I walk through these trials. Set my focus on Christ Jesus, not only as my example, but more importantly as my hope.

Teach me not to boast about my accomplishments or my strength, but teach me to boast about Jesus and his death and resurrection. Make me sensitive to the work of the Spirit as I seek to live a life worthy of Jesus.

Thank You Father for not giving up on me. I am eternally grateful for Your love, mercy, and grace. Thank You for sending Jesus to rescue me from Satan, sin, and death. It is in His name I pray, amen.

A Quote to Ponder: A Rescue Operation

{Galatians 5:1; ESV}

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

The need which the Christian faith answers is not so much that we are ignorant and need better information, but that we are lost and need someone to come and find us, stuck in quicksand waiting to be rescued, dying and in need of new life…Christianity is all about the belief that the living God, in fulfillment of his promises and as the climax of the story of Israel, has accomplished all this–the finding, the saving, the giving of new life–in Jesus. He has done it. With Jesus, God’s rescue operation has been put into effect once and of all.

N.T. Wright, Simply Christian, p. 92

Questions to Consider:

  • Why is our need more of a rescue than receiving the right answers?
  • How is freedom part of having a new life?
  • Since we have been given freedom, why would we be tempted to return to our old way of life?

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