I didn't grow up listening to hymn songs, but upon going to high school every chapel service we would sing hymns. There’s a hymn we would sing titled ‘redeemed how I love to proclaim it’. For the last few days, the song has been on my mind, which got me thinking what does it really mean to be redeemed?
You can’t really proclaim that you are redeemed if you have zero clues on what redemption is all about.
So I embarked on my investigative journey as inspector gadget would…
According to the Webster dictionary, the word redeemed means ‘ransomed, delivered from bondage, distress, penalty, liability or from the possession of another by paying an equivalent.'
Therefore, when we proclaim that Christ is our Redeemer we are acknowledging that he has released us from the bondage of sin in our lives.
That he has paid the penalty and delivered us to walk in freedom through salvation. The book of Galatians chapter 1 vs 4 says ‘Who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and father’.
God’s will in our lives is that we are rescued from sin. Hebrews 9 vs 15 says ‘For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.’
Christ has paid the ransom for the penalty of sin in our lives.
I am just humbled by the thought that I don’t have to leave in the condition of sin and that God has already paid the price for my sins. That Christ paid my ransom with his own life.
It’s my prayer that you will receive the gift of redemption from the redeemer and that you will proclaim it.
In Jesus name.