OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT REDEEMER
In the book of Leviticus chapter 25 verse 47–49 is a distinct article of the law of Moses about how a person who sells themselves to be a slave could potentially be recovered out of bondage. The passage says this:
“ ‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, they retain the right of redemption after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives may redeem them: An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper, they may redeem themselves.
This redemption law gave an opportunity for a person to be redeemed by compensation paid to the holder of that person to satisfy the price of release from the contract of ownership.
This legal framework of redemption pointed forward to the salvation story where our eternal Lord Jesus Christ, by living a sinless life and then suffering the death of a criminal on a cross, paid the contract price for our release.
Because Jesus was born as a man and lived in everyway as a man and yet did not sin, He was qualified to pay the price to redeem us from the bondage of the law of sin and death.
Under Levitican law, a person, were he able to afford the price of his own redemption ( after gaining an inheritance for example ), could redeem himself but in the case of redemption from sin, no person, other than Jesus, could afford the high cost of remption because "All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. ( Romans 3 verse 23 ) and thus no one can pay the price of perfection to redeem themselves.
Let us humbly give thanks to the Lord Jesus for the Great Redemption He paid on our behalf.
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