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Day 6—The Day of Redemption
HALLELUJAH! I am redeemed!
(The Lord thy redeemer - Isaiah 49:26 & 60:16)
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” Galatians 4:4 & 5 English Standard Version (ESV)
Read Isaiah 49 & Galatians 4
Even though it has been many years ago, whenever I hear the word redemption, I remember the redemption centers for those S & H Green stamps that people used to collect here in America.
To summarize the entire process; at the center, you would bring in the stamps that you had collected from various food markets - and had pasted in a book. Then you would trade or “redeem” your stamps for something of value.
The stamps were just worthless paper, when brought to the redemption center, would be traded for an item whose value was far greater that mere paper.
So it is with us. In our sin nature, we were nothing short of mere paper; just dirt, just clay, and just a blob of useless worthless nothing. However, God; because of His unconditional love for us has the power to convert, to trade, to exchange and to forever “buy back” our souls. He desires to release us FROM (the bondages of our former state) and release us TO (our new dimension in the Lord).
There’s a hymn (for those of you who are still be blessed to sing them!), which says:
Redeemed -how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child, and forever, I am.
Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed, Redeemed, His child, and forever, I am.
So on today, let us reflect on all that the Lord has permitted us to accomplish….. however great or small. Let us realize - had it not been for our “JEHOVAH GOELEKH” we would be nothing more than mere S & H Green stamps - with no future or hope.
As Jesse Dixion wrote:
I am redeemed, bought with a price; Jesus has changed my whole life.
If anybody asks you, just who I am, Tell them I am REDEEMED.
Where there was hate, love now abides, where there was confession, peace now reins
I’m walking with Jesus; I’m a child of the King. All because I AM REDEEMED!