Week Three Word: Redeemed
Week Three Text: Galatians 3:13
Written by: Diana Dunn
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ ” (Galatians 3:13, NIV)
Have you ever pawned anything? I haven’t, but I understand the basic concept. You take something of value to a pawn shop, where you are given a sum of money in exchange (generally not its full price). Within a certain period of time, you can “redeem” it. You pay back what you owe plus interest, or your item belongs to the broker; he can keep it or sell it at his pleasure. Even if my children or my grandchildren desire to buy back the heirloom, the pawn broker is under no obligation to sell–especially if they are unable to come up with the full price.
Starting the new year in Genesis, I recently read the part where our ancestress, Eve, exchanges her innocence for the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil–for the chance to become “like God.” The result was the curse that fell not only on the deceiving serpent and the earth itself, but also upon the life of all mankind—pain, struggling in relationships, hardship in making a living, even death. Every person from that point on: cursed.
This curse, this debt, is one that a human being is unable to pay. Eden (right relationship with God) was lost, and no one was capable of getting it back.
No one except The One. Jesus. God Himself, our Redeemer.
You see, in order to redeem what we have pawned, we must present proof that it was ours, and we must have the amount owed in hand. And we are no more capable of doing that than Eve (or Adam) was. For this “loan” required blood. And not just any blood. It had to be unblemished, pure, innocent human blood. Blood willingly shed to repay the debt and to ransom us from the bonds of sin. The blood of Christ, the One who redeems.
I cannot earn this gift; I can only receive it. I cannot work to repay my sin. I can only embrace the grace He has given me. I find myself feeling like I should simultaneously fall flat on my face in tears and leap high in the air forjoy. As C.S. Lewis said in The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian:
“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve. And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.”
So lift up your head. We are no longer pawned. We are redeemed!
- Think of a time/times when you have felt that you sold yourself out, or sold yourself short. How did being under this “curse” affect you?
- What in your life needs to be redeemed right now?
- Mentally or physically compose a thank you note to your Redeemer; specifically mentionsomething He has paid for, and tell Him from your heart how that makes you feel, and how it has changed/is changing your life.