“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.” (Lk 1:68)
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. Just as Boaz bought back land to guarantee Ruth and Naomi’s inheritance, by His death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed us from sin to secure our eternal life. In the book of Ruth, Boaz, as a close relative of Ruth’s dead husband, was the kinsman-redeemer for Ruth. In marrying Ruth, Boaz revived the lineage and patrimony of Naomi’s family.
“Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 41:14)
The Lord reminded the Israelites of their weakness and need for God, but He promised to be their Redeemer. Likewise, we also need to be reminded that we need the Redeemer to deliver us from sin and death. All of us have sinned and will sin again. That makes us slaves to sin. The wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). We cannot deliver ourselves from sin’s consequences. That is where redemption comes in. When we come to Jesus, our Redeemer, with faith and with prayer, we will be blessed with His peace and the rewards of His promise. The promise of redemption applies only to those who are willing to be redeemed – those who are willing to turn from their sinful ways and surrender their lives to the Redeemer. Salvation is deliverance from the hand of Satan, who holds the power of sin and death. Through the Lord’s redemption, we are no longer under the control of our sinful nature and our lives are now free from sin’s captivity.
Jesus performed the ultimate act of redemption by sacrificing His life on the cross for our sins. He was the substitute, and His blood was the cost paid for the penalty for our sins. To be saved from the darkness and shadow of death, we must recognize that if we want to be freed from the deadly consequences of our sin, a tremendous price must be paid. But we don’t have to pay it. Jesus Christ already paid for us by His death on the cross. Through His redemption, we are not only free from the sentence of death for our sin, but we are also purified from sin’s influence as we grow in Jesus Christ.