The Meaning of Redemption

I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve written a blog, and I’m so excited to share what God has laid on my heart this morning.

I’ve been reading in Isaiah, and while in chapter 29:22 that says “Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob: “No longer with Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.”

What caught my attention about this verse was actually one of the side column notes my bible had pertaining to this verse. It asked the question “How was Abraham redeemed and what does it have to do with Israel?” Isaiah was saying that just as God rescued Abraham from sin and paganism, he would do the same for Israel. However that side note also included the definition of redeemed which means “buying back.”

You know how if you see something in a different way or a word used in a different context, it can posses a deeper meaning or become more relatable? That’s kind of how this made me feel. So I decided to google the definition and this is what I found:

Redeem:

  1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something.)

2. do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.

3. (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil

4. save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.

Growing up in church I’ve often heard the word redeemed. Whether in preaching or in songs of praise, but during my further research into this word, I felt a renewed sense of appreciation for its meaning.

Jesus died to compensate for my faults and all the bad parts of me. His blood makes amends for my sinful mistakes. He has saved me and given His life because of my past behavior and for the mistakes I will inevitably make in my life of flesh.

I think it’s a good idea to really take time to think about what it was God really did for us by sending His son. We say casually that we are saved, that Jesus died for us. But redemption truly is the anchor for our souls.

John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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