Category Archives: Redeemer
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This might seem like a strange way to say Halleluiah! on this Easter Sunday. I could have written about how Jesus’ resurrection from the grave paved the way for us to join Him in heaven when we die. Or maybe I should have spoken of the fact that Jesus completely obeyed his Father by taking on the penalty for our sins—not His sins, because He was born sinless and lived a sinless life. Perhaps I should concentrate on how trusting in Jesus for our salvation is the only way to heaven.
Hmm… I guess I just did all of the above!
Do you ever, like I often do, wonder what life will be like in heaven? I doubt that we’ll be forever lounging on clouds and eating bagels with cream cheese [like that old TV commercial], but my mind does conjure images of a place where there are no worries or anxieties, no sickness nor pain…and no death.
Everything and everyone will be focused on worshiping Jesus Christ, our Savior and LORD. We will not want for anything because we will have all we want and need in the LORD.
Thoughts of the pleasures we’ll experience in our eternal home should help us see our difficulties in a different way. God completely understands our frustrations and sadness about things in our lives that seem beyond comprehension. The list is long and getting longer every day we live on this earth.
But… rest assured that our God understands all of it and simply asks us to trust Him enough [there's my word again!] to get us through it. In fact, it is only through Him that we can bear up under any of it.
Psalm 16 above is one of those defined as a Messianic psalm because it is quoted in the New Testament as predicting the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as God promised through David’s words that Jesus would be resurrected and not “see decay,” so we can be assured that He is by our side, guiding us in our “path of life.”
Beloved, as we struggle with our everyday burdens, let’s not forget that Jesus Christ suffered so much for so many. He shed His own blood to give us the opportunity to live with Him forever, free from the burdensome realities of life here on earth. When we seem to be at the end of our rope, let’s choose to rejoice with Him, that He has made a way for us to live with Him forever.
The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon! —Luke 24:34, ESV
As part of my continuing “Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. —Isaiah 59:20
When failure comes and disappointment, when thy soul has been defeated and the race seems hopeless, stop and think “thy Lord redeemed thee and at countless cost.” If He saw in thee that for which to pay His life, Himself, His all, is it not worth while to rise and try again, walking with Him and worshiping Him who redeemed thee?
[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]
“Who are you?” [Boaz] asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”
“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier. You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.”—Ruth 3:9-10
Ruth was a widow who chose to remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, when Naomi decided to return to her home town of Bethlehem after her husband died. Even though Naomi urged Ruth to stay with her own family, Ruth decided that it was more important for her to go with Naomi. “Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
I doubt we could find such loyalty today.
In Biblical times, a kinsman-redeemer was a relative who volunteered to take responsibility for the extended family. When a woman’s husband died, the law provided that she could marry a brother of her dead husband. Naomi had no more sons, but in such a case, the nearest relative to the deceased husband could become a kinsman-redeemer and marry the widow.
Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer of Ruth. They met when she asked permission to glean wheat and barley in his fields for herself and Naomi. Ruth found favor in Boaz’ eyes so he made the appropriate preparations to marry her. In this case, Boaz had to meet with a man who turned out to be a closer relative to Ruth than Boaz was. Boaz needed to ask permission of this relative for the right to marry Ruth.
When the relative agreed to Boaz’ request, the relative gave one of his sandals to Boaz: “(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel)” (Ruth 4:7).
In effect, Boaz purchased the right to marry and care for Ruth.
Beloved, we have a Kinsman-Redeemer in Jesus Christ. Through His death at Calvary, He redeemed us from our sins by taking them on Himself. He thereby purchased our way to heaven to live with Him forever! His death and resurrection on our behalf paved the way for us to enjoy an eternal inheritance with Him.
Isn’t it amazing that God would go to such lengths to enable us to always be with Him? In exchange for Jesus Christ’s death on our behalf, we were made beneficiaries of His eternal promise of salvation. All we have to do to claim this promise is admit that we are sinners, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He paid the price for our sins through His death and resurrection, and confess and repent of our sins and fully acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of our lives. [You can read more about this here.]
And then live it out!
Our Kinsman-Redeemer lives! Let us always remember the huge price that was paid for our sins through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. —Job 19:25