Friday, April 10, 2009

Redemption Defined! Part 1

Redemption (noun) - the act of purchasing back something that was previously sold; restoring to a previous state

And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He approved it completely. Genesis 1:31

God's plan for us was the Garden of Eden. He created it without sin or destruction. He created it as an eternal safe haven. However, he created man with a choice (free will) and He knew before time began that mankind would Fall. For this purpose He planned for man's Redemption even before Creation. Directly after Adam's disobedience, God describes how He would restore to us what Satan has stolen.

The Lord says,
"And I will put animosity between you and the woman ( The Lord is actually talking to the serpent's adviser, Satan...'you used the woman to curse the human race and I will use woman to bring their Redeemer into the world') and between your seed (those who choose the world) and her seed (Jesus) The seed shall smash your head (the victory Jesus won at the cross) and you shall bruise His heel (the sufferings of the cross)

Romans 5:12-17 talks of two Adams. Through the first Adam, came death unto this world, this death passed on to all men. But through (the second Adam) One Man Jesus Christ we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and shall reign in Life!

Redemption means to restore back to a previous state. Jesus came to restore us back to the status of the Garden of Eden.

Eternal life is the greatest gift accomplished on Calvary. Nothing can compare to spending forever with our dear Lord and Savior. However, many people forget the other blessings accomplished by the shed of the blood of Jesus Christ.

The source of the power of God over our lives is in shed blood. Before the crucifixion of Christ, Man was required to offer a sacrifice for their sins. Leviticus 16:14-19 talks of making a sin offering unto God. "And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the Mercy seat eastward and before the Mercy Seat shall he sprinkle of the Blood with his finger seven times. (seven is a biblical symbol of completion or perfection)

Jesus became our living sacrifice. Through His blood came redemption so that the blood of animals is no longer needed. "Sprinkled seven times on the Mercy Seat" signified that the Redemption obtained by Christ would be a
perfect Redemption.

Redemption means to purchase back something that was once sold ( or it our case stolen) The Blood of Jesus purchased back the inheritance that Adam lost.

Jesus Himself shed His blood seven times. Each time redeeming us from a particular curse passed on by Adam's disobedience.

"For Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed in every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ: that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:13-14

Over this Easter weekend I'm going to give a brief synopsis of each blood shed and the curse that has since been redeemed through our Savior.

The first blood shed of Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane (the place Jesus went to pray before his capture)
Jesus said "Father, it thou be willing, remove this cup from me: Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground." Luke 22:42-44

Adam lost our will to obey God through his disobedience. Jesus literally bled from every pore on His body, restoring God's will. This blood covering restored the will power of obedience.

"For as by one's man disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous." Romans 5:19

The second shedding of His blood was by the stripes upon his back.

"So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified." Matthew 27:26

Now it has been said that the law back then normally sentenced 40 lashes, but that the 40th lash was always said to kill them. Rather than risk Him dying, (they were not finished torturing Him) it is said Jesus received 39 stripes. It has also been said that there are 39 different categories of sickness and diseases. His blood covered every sickness and disease... So that...

"...By Whose Stripes, ye were healed" 1 Peter 2:24

The third shedding of His blood was caused from the crown of thorns placed on His head. Thorns are a symbol of poverty.

God told Adam,
"....cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; by the sweat of thy brow shalt eat bread;" Genesis 3:17-19

The symbol of poverty was placed on the head of Jesus. The thorns pierced His flesh. His blood ran out and covered His brow. Therefore breaking Adam's curse!

How could anyone doubt God's Holy Word was divinely inspired? Every detail perfectly orchestrated. Incredible.... hardly does it justice!

There are four more times Jesus shed His blood before His burial. I will continue tomorrow with the fourth. Stay tuned folks because this study only gets more interesting!

The Crucifixion of Christ accomplished many many blessings we can experience on this earth. They are all received through His sacrifice...and By our faith! Let us not forget all the benefits of being children of the King of Kings!

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine inquities; who health all thy diseases; who redeemth thy life from destruction; who crownth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfies thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles. " Psalm 103:2-5

"And I know my Redeemer LIVES!"
Nicole C. Mullen

Do you know your Redeemer lives?