“In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins”
I can remember as a child growing up that there was not a lot of money around to just hand out and spend for ‘no good reason.’ Every now and then there would be extra for us kids to spend the way we wanted but not often.
One of the ways to get that something special that we wanted that we could claim as our own was to collect pop bottles. Yep, don’t remember when I learned the word, “soda.” When I was growing up we called it “pop” and “pop” came in a glass “pop bottle.” One way to get just a little bit of money was to gather up all the “pop bottles” you could find and take them to the store. Then you could buy yourself something really good like your own bottle of pop, or a flip-over cake, or Mint Juleps and Mary Jane’s.
I remember trading stamps as well. In my parent’s day, it was wise to spend your money with a store who offered trading stamps. You received so many stamps with every purchase, wipe the back with water, placed them in the book, fill the books up and when you had the required amount…you could something really good from the catalogue. In our family, it was something that we most likely not be able to pay for any other way!
When I think about redemption, sometimes the trading stamps come to my mind…and I think about a Loving Father who understood redemption from the perspective of man. He looked at man who was wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked and gave a plan of redemption for those who wanted to become rich, to have what is very good!
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”
1 Corinthians 8:9
Imagine that! The God who owns it all. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers (Psalm 24:1).” “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16-17).” This rich, rich God laid down His life to redeem us poor folks to have what is really good. In fact, the very best that any man can ever have. Intimate, personal knowledge and relationship with this same Loving God!
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so],
whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” Psalm 107:2
SHOUT NOW: HALLELUJAH!