Christ as our Redeemer
by Noa Lovegren
Christ is our Redeemer, but what does that mean for us and what are we if Jesus is our Redeemer. Here is a essay I wrote earlier this year (with a few additions and changes) when we were studying about the Civil War in history class:
We are slaves. We are slaves by nature to sin and death. This means we are depraved, it is our total depravity. We are going to die and we just can’t stop sinning. We are chained to sin and death, and we can do NOTHING to free ourselves. There is no hope for us.
But then Jesus comes into the picture. He tore off our chains and purchased us. Do you know how He did that? He died on the cross, and let Himself be crucified for sinful, worthless people like us. He shed His blood for us and with that blood He bought us. This can all be summarized in one word: redemption or redeemed.
Even though Jesus redeemed us from sin and death, we are still slaves. But this slavery or service is to a just Master. This service is not unwilling service either…it is a joyful, willing, and thankful service to our Redeemer. We serve Him with all our hearts.
Then Jesus does a wonderful thing for us. He loves us so much that He adopts us. We are now part of His family. He is our Elder Brother and God is our Father. Now that we are part of His family we get something else, too. We now have an inheritance, and that inheritance is Heaven. Heaven, where all tears pass away and there is no more pain and God’s glory fills the air with light. But the most blessed thing is that we get to be with our Redeemer, Jesus forever in that blessed place.
Wow!!! After knowing this should we not be thankful to our Redeemer and be ready and willing to do whatever He asks of us?
” There is a Redeemer, Jesus God’s own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One.
Thank You, O my Father, for giving us Your Son;
And leaving Your Spirit til’ the work on earth is done.
Jesus, my Redeemer, Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, hope for sinners slain. (Chorus)
When I stand in glory, I will see His face,
There I’ll serve my King forever, in that holy place.” (Chorus)