Everyone loves a good redemption story. We love watching movies where the bad guy has a change of heart and joins the good guys, or where the underdog overcomes adversity and becomes the hero. There’s just something incredible about seeing a doomed situation suddenly turn into a beautiful circumstance.
Redemption resonates with our souls because it’s something we all long for. And truth be told, “redemption” is at the heart of God
Redemption — The action of clearing a debt; to buy out; to be saved.
The original use of the word “redeem” was used specifically in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. A slave would be stuck in bondage with no hope of escape, but someone would come to buy the slave’s freedom, and they would then be “redeemed.” The slave would be a slave no more.
And the truth is, that’s our story too.
You want to know what’s not popular in our culture? Admitting that we are born sinful. But that’s exactly what Ephesians 2 tells us — we are sinful “by nature.” Then in John 8:34, Jesus tells his onlookers that, “Everyone who commits sin is the slave to sin.” And in case we needed to hear more dreadful news, Romans 6 tells us that the reward of our sin is eternal death.
Are you getting the picture? All of us are born as slaves — slaves to sin. We are stuck in the bondage of sin without any way to resist it or escape it through our own e orts. Each of us deserving of eternal death.
But we’re not without hope, because redemption is at the heart of God.
You see, Ephesians 2 starts o with the bad news—we are sinful and deserving of eternal death. But luckily, it ends with Good News:
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love for which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved...
It’s true that everyone loves a good redemption story. But THIS redemption story is the greatest of all time — and it’s OUR story. Because of Jesus, we’re no longer slaves to sin. We’re no longer stuck in our bondage. We’re no longer deserving of eternal death and punishment.
We are free. We are redeemed.
And when you actually feel and understand the weight of that redemption, suddenly all of your hope and attention shifts to the Redeemer — Jesus.
And when Jesus has our attention, we’re not so distracted anymore.
WRITTEN BY: BRADEN COLLUM
34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever, the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
5 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our sin, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved...
- Why is Ephesians 2 important when understanding our need for redemption through Jesus?
- How does the picture of “purchasing a slave’s freedom” help you understand what Jesus did for you?
- What areas of your life could you more fully live out the truth?
- In a distracted world, why is it necessary that you focus on Jesus and His redeeming work in your life?