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).

 

John the 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 Israel and the world. All you have to do is trace shoes and unloose through the Bible and it shows us this marvelous truth. The Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Redeemer who did not have His shoes unloosed. He has the redeemer’s shoes – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – (Col.1:14). He has not refused to redeem us. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” – (Heb.9:12).

 

The 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 Calvary, the place of the skull, where Jesus Christ crushed Satan’s head and Satan nailed his feet and he became the Savior of the world. And His shoes will crush the head of Satan, our great enemy, at His second coming. “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” – (Ps.110:1).

 

Then we see the Redeemer’s shoes with Moses, the deliverer who God used to redeem the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt with the blood of the Passover Lamb. It is written in (Ex.3:5) as Moses gazed upon the burning bush at Mt. Sinai, God said to Moses “And he said, Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” God was about to redeem Israel out of Egyptian bondage and he lays further the foundation of the doctrine of the redeemer’s shoes. God is showing us here at Mt. Sinai -where the law was given to Israel - that the law was barefoot and cannot redeem and save anyone. It was impossible for the law to redeem us – the law was never a savior. Nobody got saved in the Old Testament by keeping the law. It was given as an attempt to control the old sinful nature. It was only through the bloody sacrifices that pointed to Christ, that they were redeemed. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world who died on the cross on the day of Passover. “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” – (I Cor.5:7). And again in (I Pet.1:18,19) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things… But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.” “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (Jn.8:36).

 

In (Joshua 5:15) 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.

 

In (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 Israel. But if he refused to marry her it is written – “Then shall his brothers wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, so shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house. And his name shall be called in Israel, the house of him that hath his shoe loosed” – (vs.9,10). Now God is showing us a Kinsman-Redeemer and marriage. This man that refused was the barefoot man who failed to redeem his brother’s wife.

 

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 3:29).

 

Jesus 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 Wisconsin and the Lord has called you to preach and He will “Shod thee with the badger’s skin” – (Ezk.16:10).

 

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

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ 85705

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