Redemption, now that’s an interesting concept. I believe that everyone has an understanding of redemption, in some context. Some may perceive redemption in physical material context like paying for a ransom. Merriam-Webster defines it as “the act of exchanging something for money, an award.” The second one concept of redemption comes from the Bible. This redemption is much like the first, an exchange but of a greater magnitude. It is the exchange of a perfect life in order to destroy sin and evil form our lives. This man that exchanged his sinless life for us is Jesus. To understand this redemption from the Bible better, lets look at Mark 10:45.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (ESV).
I absolutely love this verse not only because it serves as a guide on how we should live our lives, but also provides us with the truth of why the Son of Man, Jesus, came to the world. Jesus was sent to pay the ransom for the debt of our sins, see Romans 6:23. The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death. When we sin, we have disobeyed God we committed finite sins that have an infinite punishment. In order to avoid the infinite punished of an afterlife in hell, we needed an infinite savior to pay that debt to live with Him in heaven for eternity. Through his love we have been shown grace by our heavenly father and do not have to live in fear. We can now rejoice in the redemption that we have been given.
After our understanding of the redemption that we have received from Christ we can began to live accordingly. The beginning of this verse says that Christ came not to be served but to serve (ESV). This is not a command but rather it is an invitation by God to be a part of His Kingdom. He is inviting His people, you and me, to be transformed by His grace and to live in His kingdom of service. So be changed and accept the invitation of redemption from sin and evil. Live the life of service and love.
Christ has given us the grace, undeserved, to be free from sin and evil. He is inviting many into the Kingdom to be His servants. To love others. God displayed this by the sending of His son to be the example of living a life of righteousness and to redeem. So my challenge is to practice the loving and serving characteristics seen be Christ. Look through the Gospel study His deeds and live them out with full confidence.