The Redeemer’s Shoes
“And preached, saying, there cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost” – (Mk.1:7,8).
Baptist, the great preacher and prophet and preparer
of the Lord Jesus, shows his humility. Compared to Jesus he was nothing. But there
is a much greater truth revealed here that we must not fail to grasp as this
truth unlocks many other Bible truths. This great truth is that the shoes of
the Lord Jesus, that John was not able to unloose, points directly to the
prophetic fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the kinsman –
redeemer promised to
Redeemer’s shoes starts in (Gen.3:15) after the first sins of Adam and Eve. “And I will put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt
bruise his heel.” This is the first prophecy and promise of the coming Redeemer
and Savior who will free us from the bondage of sin. This took place at
see the Redeemer’s shoes with Moses, the deliverer who God used to redeem the
Israelites out of bondage in
In (Joshua ) God continues to show us the deliverer and redeemer type in Joshua who took Moses’ place. And the angel says to Joshua - “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standeth is holy. And Joshua did so.” Certainly God is teaching us about the promised redeemer’s shoes, who is also the Son of God – the Holy one and baptizer with the Holy Ghost. Any man can baptize you with water but only the Holy Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, can baptize you with the Holy Spirit and place you into the true church, the body of Christ. And this act of Joshua took place on the day of Passover (vs.10) pointing again to the Lord Jesus who died on the day of Passover as the Passover Lamb of God and redeemer of the world. He is the Holy One of God and everywhere His foot touched was holy ground.
(Du.25:5-10) we are told about a man who was to marry his dead brother’s wife
if they had no children so that his brother’s name not die out in
In the book of Ruth it all comes together with Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer who redeems and marries Ruth, the gentile wife of his kinsman. Ruth reminds him of his duty as her kinsman-redeemer by taking his shoes off as it is written in (Ruth 3:7-13). In (chap.4) we are shown plainly that the man who was a closer kinsman to Ruth failed to redeem her and marry her and Boaz unloosed the shoe of the barefoot failed redeemer in front of witnesses. Boaz, as the kinsman-redeemer who takes a gentile wife, is the most marvelous picture of the Lord Jesus Christ that we have who redeems us. When we gentiles are redeemed by Christ, we become the bride of Christ – two become one flesh – Christ in us (see Eph.5). And Boaz and Ruth became the ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh who loved us and died for us and redeemed us. O’ Praise the Lord Jesus Christ who has the redeemer’s shoes – “And preached, saying, there cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose” – (Mk.1:7). O’ yes, Jesus Christ, the greater son of Boaz and Redeemer of the world.
That’s why John the Baptist must have the Gentile name John and he must be a cousin of the Lord Jesus, a kinsman of the Redeemer, to complete the doctrine of the kinsman-redeemer. That is the reason John and Jesus were kinsmen and John speaking about unloosing Jesus’ shoes. All of us who are saved by Christ are born again into the family of God, both Jew and Gentile. We’re all kinsmen, brothers and sisters in the Lord, bought back to God and redeemed by our kinsman-redeemer Jesus Christ and we are his bride. That’s why John said this concerning his cousin Jesus, “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled” – (John ).
Christ is the one with the beautiful feet of the preacher – “And how shall they preach except they be
sent? As it is written, how beautiful
are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things” – (Rom.10:15). And each of us preachers that preach the gospel
of Christ have beautiful feet like our Redeemer. We
have the “Feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace” – (Eph.6:15). Perhaps you’re from
It’s soul winning time – Put on your shoes
Win a soul for Jesus – Satan will lose
When you put the soles of your shoes down, think about saving souls. I want you to think about a shoe that has a tongue, eyes, heel, and sole. Us your tongue to preacher the gospel and open the eyes of the unsaved and heel their soles – amen. For many years when I preached as an evangelist and pastor, I wore wingtip shoes with holes in the toe. I had holey (holy) shoes and the place where I stood preaching our Redeemer was holy ground. Do you have the beautiful feet of a preacher like our Redeemer’s feet? And each born again Christian needs to put his soul-winning shoes on each morning and walk in holiness and the fear of the Lord. We are to be walkers and not just talkers – the tongue and the sole must be agreed together. We must have a holy conversation – not just the talk but also the walk. We must walk in the example of our Holy Redeemer who has the Redeemer’s shoes. “For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongues, and people, and nation” – (Rev.5:9). Yes the kinsman-redeemer saves people of every kindred – amen. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” – (I Jn.2:6). The most important shoes in the world are not Nike, Reebok, Florsheim, Bass or Red Wing, Easy Spirit, Hush Puppies or Rockport. But they are the shoes of God’s true born again preachers who preach the gospel of the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, so you can conquer death and receive eternal life.
Shoes are made for walking. The feet always show the walk of a person whether it is good or evil. “My son, walk not thou in the way with them: refrain thy foot from their path: for their feet run to evil and make haste to shed blood” – (Prov.1:15,16). And again – “Remove thy feet from evil” – (Prov.4:27) and again – “That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous” – (Prov.20:2). When our Redeemer saves us we become a new creature in Christ. He changes our walk so that we no longer walk in the darkness of sin but in the light of righteousness and God’s Word. We become a new holy man and put off our wicked ways. “In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth” – (Col.3:7,8). Our shoes no longer walk in the wicked ways of old but change direction on the path of righteousness. Yes, the redeemer’s shoes – he changes us when he saves us. “The Lord himself is our redeemer” – (Is.49:26). “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” – (Titus 2:14).
When John the Baptist said about his cousin, the Lord Jesus – “But he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear”, he was saying that Jesus Christ is the kinsman-Redeemer, the Savior of the world who came to redeem and take a bride, the Church. This was the only way the gentile church could become the people of God – by marrying a Jew. Jesus paid the price for our redemption with his precious blood on the cross. He set us free from the bondage of sin. “And to give his life a ransom for many” – (Mk.10:45).
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.
Have you been saved and born again and made free from the bondage of your sins? IF you’re not redeemed and saved, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith. Call upon the Lord Jesus with an honest and contrite heart and thou shalt be saved. Only the Lord is able to redeem us from the slavery of sin. The high price of our redemption is His precious blood.
Jesus Christ has the Redeemer’s shoes.
Pastor Mike Storti
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