Christ is My Redeemer
Who is God? What is He like and what does He reveal about Himself in His Word. Over the next several lessons, we will be diving into some of God’s many attributes. God desires us to know Him personally and intimately. Obviously, to learn all of God’s attributes would take a lifetime. Even then, I don’t think we would truly have a grasp on Who He is entirely. My prayer is that through these lessons, we will develop a sincere desire to know and love Him more.
The first attribute of God that we will study is the Kinsman Redeemer. Isaiah 41:14 says, “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy REDEEMER, the Holy One of Israel.” To fully understand the concept of a Redeemer, we need to first examine who we are in relation to Him.
Who am I? I am a worm according to Isaiah 41:14. I am sinful and in need of redemption. Redemption by definition means to buy back; to free from distress or harm; to release from debt and blame; to repair and restore. That is where we all are. If we are honest with ourselves and take a deep look at our heart, we would see that our “hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) The amazing thing about God is that He recognizes us in our need of a Redeemer. He not only is able to be our Redeemer, but He also deeply desires to redeem us. He loves us that much.
We are given a wonderful picture of Redemption in Scripture in the book of Ruth. We will study her life in a later series in depth, but let me give you her background. Ruth was from the country of Moab, a place of wickedness and a place forbidden for the children of Israel. She met a family who had traveled there from Bethlehem because of a great famine. She married one of the sons but is unable to have children. Eventually, her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law all die, leaving her, her sister-in-law, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, completely destitute. Naomi encouraged both girls to return to their families and begin life again. While her sister-in-law returned, Ruth refused. She vowed that she would return to Bethlehem with Naomi. She would worship Jehovah God as her God and would live and die in Bethlehem.
When they return, Ruth agreed to glean in the fields to help them survive. Gleaning involves hard work and little reward. God established the concept of gleaning in the Law of Moses. Those who owned farm land were commanded to leave behind the scraps that fell while harvesting crops. These scraps could be gleaned by the poor, widows, and orphans as a way of sustenance. It was God’s way of providing for the needy. Ruth providentially ended up in the field of Boaz, a close relative of Naomi. He noticed her and the process of redemption began..
There are six aspects of the Kinsman Redeemer that we will see not only in the life of Ruth, but also in God as our Redeemer.
The Kinsman Redeemer was designed to be used for persons and inheritance.
Leviticus 25:47-55 gives the option for a family in need. If the father died and there was no
heir to the inheritance, the inheritance could be lost to other families. Since God desired
His people to retain their inheritance, He gave an option for a close relative to purchase
the property, marry the widow, and produce an heir to the inheritance in the name of the
deceased. Ruth was left a widow wihout an heir. So was Naomi. When Boaz chose to
redeem Ruth, and ulitmatly Naomi, he returned the inheritance to the family name.
Ephesians 1:7-14 describes Christ as our Redeemer. He purchased us with His blood and
returned to us the inheritance of Heaven that we were designed to have.
2. The Redeemer must be a kinsman (in your close family).
In Levitucus it stipulates that the Redeemer must be a near kinsman. They must belong to
the family in question. Boaz was a near kinsman to Naomi, thus also a near kinsman to
Ruth through marraige. God created us after the likeness of His image (Genesis 1:26-27).
We were designed to be like God and to have fellowship with God. Jesus, as the Son of
God, is a close Kinsman to us becuase He created us. John 1:1-3 and 14 says, “In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same
was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was life
not anything made that was made. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
truth.” Jesus created us; He is our near Kinsman.
3. The Redeemer must be WILLING to redeem
Leviticus 25:48 says, “After that he is sold he MAY be redeemed again; one of his brethren
MAY redeem him.” The near kinsman needed to desire to redeem the family. Boaz truly
desired to redeem Ruth and Naomi out of true love for her. He went above and beyond to
secure her redemption. Jesus loves us so much that He prepared the way for redemption
from the beginning. After sin entered the world, God promised to send the seed of the
woman (Jesus Christ) in Genesis 3:15. 2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slack concerning
His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
4. The Redeemer must be ABLE to redeem.
One of the requirements laid out in Leviticus 25 is that the redeemer must be financially
able to purchase back all of the inheritance. It was not enough to simply desire to redeem;
they had to be in a place financially that they could afford to redeem. Boaz was a wealthy
man. God had blessed him finacially because of his faithfulness. He was prepared to do
this job. Jesus not only desires to redeem us, He is also fully able to redeem us. The
payment for sin is a sinless sacrifice. Jesus, being God, is completely sinless; Jesus, being
man, was able to sacrifice His life in our place. In John 10:11, Jesus says, “I am the Good
Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”
5. The one being redeemed must be willing to be redeemed
Redemption was not a requirement in the law. It was an option. If they so chose, the
widowed family could continue to live in destitution and lose everything that they were
meant to have in their inheritance. They could choose to reject the offer to redeem from the
near kinsman. Ruth actually asked Boaz to redeem her. She knew that she could not
redeem herself or Naomi and desired the life that she wasn meant to have as a part of the
family. We need to see our need for redemption before God can do the work of redemption
in our lives. We need to realize that there is nothing we can do for ourselves to earn
redemption. We need to humbly accept His free offer. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without
faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He ism and
that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Without our willingness to be
redeemed, we will live a life stuck in destitution and miss out on the blessings that God
intended us to have from creation.
6. God as our Redeemer will receive us and will never let us go.
Once the decison to redeem was made, there was no going back. A redeemer could not
undo the redemption. Boaz and Ruth were married, the inheritance was purchased, and
they had a son who became the heir to the family inheritance. The redemption was
fulfilled. When God redeems us through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, it is
permanent. There is nothing that we can do to reverse that act. In John 6:37, Jesus says,
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out.” He also says in John 10:28-29, And I give unto them eternal life; and they
shall never perish, neither shall any man (myself included) pluck them out of my hand. My
Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of
my Father’s hand.” We see double protection. We are not only held secure in the hands of
Jesus our Redeemer, we are also held in the hands of God the Father, the One Who is more
powerful than anyone, anything, or any circumstance. Just as a father hold the hand of a
small child to protect them from danger, so God as our Redeemer holds us to protect us.
Is Jesus your Redeemer? Have you willingly accepted His gift of Redemption and entered the fulfillment that you were meant to have? You can know for sure that Heaven is your eternal home. It is as simple as ABC.
A-Admit that you are a sinner.
Just like a helpless widow needed to be willing to be redeemed by a near kinsman, you
must be willing to be redeemed from your sin. The Bible says in Romans 3:10 that there is
no one good enough to enter heaven. In fact, Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God.” Because of our sin, we deserve death in Hell, forever
separated from God. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You must admit that you are a
B-Believe in Jesus as your Redeemer
Jesus came for the purpose of the redemption of mankind. He came for you. He lived a
perfect, sinless life and willingly sacrificed Himself so that you and I can be redeemed
from our sins. He also raised from the grave three days later ensuring our eternal secruity,
even after physical death on earth. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth (shows) his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He already paid for
your eternal life, youonly have to believe it.
C-Confess your sin and ask Jesus to be your Redeemer It is not enough to know in your head that Jesus lived, died, and rose again. You must
believe in your heart. Proof that it comes from your heart is confession. Confess means to
agree. You are agreeing with God that you are a sinner and need a Savior. Romans 10:9-
10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made into
salvation.” God is waiting for you to come to Him, in faith, confessing your sin and
accepting His free gift.
Have you made this important decision? If you have, praise the Lord for being your Redeemer. If you haven’t, we would love to show you how you can know for sure that Jesus is your Redeemer. Please contact us at Riversidedrivebaptist@gmail.com if you would like more information about a redeemed relationship with God.
Who is God? He is my Redeemer.