Christ the Redeemer

 

“…and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob” – (Is.49:26).

For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” – (I Pet.1:18,19).

 “…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” – (Rev.5:9).

“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave…” – (Ps.49:15).

 

   A redeemer in the Old Testament is one who frees another from bondage usually by the payment of a ransom price. He could buy back property and even enslaved people and a kinsman redeemer had special rights and duties to redeem. God himself is the Redeemer of Israel, a fact mentioned 18 times in the Old Testament.

 

   In the New Testament, Christ is the ultimate Redeemer who gave His life as “a ransom for many” – (Mk.10:45). The price of our redemption was His precious blood on the cross – “Redemption through his blood” – (Eph.1:7). His redemption refers to salvation from sin, and the wrath of God upon sin which is death, both the death of the body and the second death in the Lake of Fire. Christ redeems us from sin and death and Satan – He is the Lord.

 

   The Lord alone is able to redeem from the bondage and slavery of sin and the power of death – only He can purchase our redemption. The Lord Jesus purchased freedom for the slaves of sin with His precious blood. There are no riches on this earth, no amount of silver or gold, that can redeem us, only the precious blood of Christ.

 

No silver or gold hath obtained my redemption,

No riches of earth could have saved my poor soul.

The blood of the cross is my only foundation,

The death of my Savior now maketh me whole.

 

I am redeemed but not with silver, I am bought but not with gold,

Bought with a price – the blood of Jesus –precious price of love untold.

 

   The feast of Passover is the first of the three great feasts of the Israelites. Passover refers to the sacrifice of a lamb in Egypt when the people of Israel were slaves. They smeared the blood of the lamb on their doorposts in obedience to God that He should ‘pass over’ their houses and no Israeli would die when He destroyed all the first born of Egypt. “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt” – (Ex.12:13). Conquering death through the blood of the lamb.

 

   Of all the feast days, God chose the ‘Passover’ as the day that His beloved Son should shed His blood as the sacrifice for sin. The Lord Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover. He and His disciples ate a Passover meal together on the eve of His death. Like the blood of the lamb that saved the Hebrew people from death in Egypt. His blood, as the ‘ultimate Passover’ sacrifice, redeems the repentant believer from the bondage of sin and death and gives them eternal life. “… For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” – (I Cor.5:7). With Christ’s death on Passover, God wants us plainly to see freedom. Freedom from the bondage of sin and Satan and freedom from the penalty of sin which is death – because death and the grave is the greatest bondage of all. That’s why we have Christ dying on the tree and raising from the dead three days later showing us this freedom – “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” – (Jn.8:36). Yes, “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave…” – (Ps.49:15). All of this is shown now on Easter – PTL Jesus. Conquering death and forgiving sin through Christ the Lamb.

 

   This freedom on Passover was shown by Pilate on Passover when he gave freedom to Barabbas the prisoner and crucified Christ in his stead. “But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the king of the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber” – (Jn.18:39,40). Christ, the sinless Lamb of God redeems sinful man – He sets us free from the bondage of our sins and the grave. That is the main doctrine of the gospel of Christ. And it doesn’t matter if you believe Christ was a white man or a brown man or a black man – just so long as you’re redeemed by the red blood. Christ is the great emancipator that frees both the master and the slave. It’s blasphemy to call President Lincoln the great emancipator and redeemer president because he signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves during the Civil War and shed his blood on Good Friday when he was assassinated.

 

   Will the black Antichrist president of the U.S. eclipse Lincoln as the redeemer President and imitate Christ the redeemer? He will not sign another Emancipation Proclamation, but something just as important. Maybe it will be a ‘Slave Descendant Reparation Act’ that will pay compensation to the children of black U.S. slaves (see Ex.12:35). An act that makes amends for the great wrong in having slaves do our work and the sweating for us. Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday and Antichrist will seemingly, as it were, be assassinated and resurrect from death. A ‘Slave Reparation Act’ would make him a great hero, especially to the blacks and add toward worshipping him. Lincoln freed the slaves, but Antichrist will pay the price of redemption, a ransom. Antichrist’s blood shed of his assassination and his sponsoring payment to blacks would counterfeit Christ as Redeemer. There will probably be a national apology for slavery as well, an admission of guilt as some states are already doing. Antichrist will be the great deceiver counterfeiting Christ as the Redeemer.

 

   The monetary price of Christ’s redemption was the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received for his betrayal of the innocent blood of Christ. This pointed directly to a slave-servant who was gored to death by an ox – “If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto the master thirty shekels of silver…” – (Ex.21:32). Our master, the Lord Jesus, was gored and crucified and hung on a tree (as many blacks were) for the price of a slave so that we who are the servants of sin might be freed from the bondage of sin. Our master became the suffering servant.

 

   Christ frees us from being in bondage and a servant of sin and Satan. Satan is the great, wicked slave master and Christ buys us back and frees us with His precious blood.

 

   The emancipation Proclamation is the gospel of Christ that we proclaim to the world. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” – (Eph.1:7). “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – (Col.1:14). Only the sinless blood of God can redeem sinful man and Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. He’s the Passover lamb of God that smeared His blood on the wooden cross that offers you the door into eternal life. The instant we’re saved by the blood of Christ, we become emancipated believers.

 

   It is written on our liberty bell in PhiladelphiaProclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” – (Lev.25:10). The gospel of Christ proclaims liberty to all the inhabitants of the world. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world who purchased our freedom with His precious blood. We who were the servants of sin are now made free from sin and servants of righteousness and God with eternal life – “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” – (Rom.6:22). Through Christ is the promise of liberty for all who are saved. We have great joy and jubilation in our hearts when we’re saved and set free from the bondage of our sins. We have our Jesus Jubile“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” – (Jn.8:36).

 

   Our deliverance from the bondage of sin will not be complete until we achieve full redemption of our body unto eternal life. Our corruptible bodies shall put on incorruption – “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” – (Rom.8:21). We eagerly await the resurrection and the redemption of our body – a new glorified body. Before we can enjoy the glorious liberty in its fullness, the liberty Christ purchased through His shed blood, we must put on an immortal body.

 

   In extreme cases we see Jesus freeing those who were bound by Satan both spiritually and physically and possessed by evil spirits. We see vividly how Christ our Redeemer sets us free from the bondage of sin and Satan. “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond” – (Lk.13:16). And again – (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains, and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness) – (Lk.8:29). And we also see the chains on prisoners who have sinned and are in bondage spiritually, are also in bondage physically – “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil who are taken captive by him at his will” – (2 Tim.2:26).

 

   Not until death has been swallowed up in victory, not until death (the last enemy) shall be destroyed, can the glorious liberty be realized through our Redeemer. Man has a dying body – there is decay and death in our earthly tabernacles of clay. But PTL Jesus, our precious Redeemer, who has delivered us from the bondage of death and the grave into the glorious liberty of the children of God. When we’re redeemed, death’s prison bars are broken asunder. We have total redemption. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave” – (Ps.49:15).

 

   Do you have the liberty of the children of God? Are you a born again child of God – born of the Holy Spirit? Have you had your second breath of life? – “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” – (Jn.20:23). The only way for the natural man to become a new creature is through the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. Man was created from the dust of the ground; God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” – (Gen.2:7). Again “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (the Lord Jesus Christ) was a made quickening spirit” – (I Cor.15:45). You absolutely need to be born again of the Holy Spirit to receive your second breath of life – eternal life.

 

   You must become an adopted son of God. “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” – (Gal.4:3-6).

 

   Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart and you will become a new creature in Christ and have forgiveness of sins. You must have a spiritual birth – you must have a second breath of life. Christ, our kinsman-redeemer, will make you the kin of God, a part of the family of God. Have you received the Holy Spirit of God’s Son in you? “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” – (2 Cor.3:17).

 

My Redeemer

 

   I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me,

On the cruel cross He suffered, from the curse to set me free.

 

  

Sing, oh sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me.

On the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt and made me free.

 

Be redeemed by the blood of God’s dear Son.

Only Christ can make you free.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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