Redemption

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Galatians 3:6-14

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (v. 13)

Lucius didn’t expect his life to develop the way it had. He was owned by a wealthy man and he had no choice but to work for him, day in and day out. His slavery started because his farming parents had to borrow money to buy food during the winter. The next spring saw a severe drought, and they had no money to repay their creditor. So they had to give him their teenage son as payment; that’s how he became a slave.

Lucius tried hard to please his master, but sometimes he failed and was beaten. He felt under a curse. But one day an even wealthier man came and purchased Lucius—not in order to make him his slave but to graciously set Lucius free. What an exciting day; Lucius was redeemed.

The biblical term redemption comes from the slave market. In the ancient world many became slaves because of unpaid debts. Life as a slave was often painful and difficult. But people could be redeemed from slavery. What excitement! What joy!

We have all been slaves to sin and to Satan. But Christ redeemed us from that curse and has set us free. What excitement! What joy!

And what gratitude!

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for paying the purchase price of your blood to redeem me and set me free. Amen.