Something to do with redemption

So today is a rather monumentous day. And truly the LORD is good. “You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the LORD your God brought you out!” (Deuteronomy 7:19) “With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, His love endures forever!” (Psalm 136:12)
Let us not forget what God has done for us! “We will not hide them from our children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done.” (Psalm 78:4). “Posterity shall serve Him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn, that He has done it!” (Psalm 22:30-31)

Now, I live in a house with a bunch of other girls. One just moved out, and took the dining room table with her. Fortunately, one of the other girls had a lovely dropleaf table. Unfortunately, one of the supporting beams was stuck, and thus failed at its task of holding up the table. So, the table-owner-roommate handed me a bunch of tools, and tasked me with fixing it. This was delightful to me.

True enough, it was very stuck. After snapping a knife trying to leverage the beam out, I recruited another roommate to help me turn the table upside down, to get at it more easily. Eventually, I had enough space to fit the hammer in, and it was just a matter of whacking it a few times, and flipping the table over. The table was fixed.

But not without casualties. The knife was certainly the most obvious. But all the force I used, hammers and all that, the wood took a beating too. You can’t see it from the top, but the underside of the table has some dent marks, too.

And so it is with us. Redemption comes at a price.

Behold, we are broken. But we can be fixed. But not without cost. As Isaiah the prophet says “Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions you [were] sent away…” Sold in to bondage and death in sin, we know no corpse can buy its way to life. How then, are we fixed?

Later on in Isaiah, the LORD says:

    “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.”

As Christ followers, Peter tells us “You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

What was the price paid? Who born scars for our sake? By whose wounds are we healed? Christ alone, the spotless Lamb of God, marred beyond human likeness, bearing the wrath of God for our sake, that we might be healed.

In economics, you can calculate the worth of something by how much someone is willing to pay for it. Often, we are faced with working out how much we think “human life” is worth.

Let’s do the economics here. The God of the Universe paid a price to redeem and repair you. This price Christ’s blood shed on the cross, for you. The scars of redemption are borne by the Lamb, that you may be presented without blemish (Colossians 1:22).

This is how much you are worth to the Living God.

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