Mark 10:44-45 Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Have you been redeemed? Its not a question we ask much, and when we think of redemption the first thing that might come to mind are the deposit on pop cans, some do not think it is worth the trouble, after all its only a nickel, by itself a nickel isnít much, but they can add up.
You might not feel like a pop can, but there is one way that you are both the same, you both need to be redeemed. For just as a pop can canít redeem itself, neither can we. We donít face the same problem the pop can does, we can pick ourselves up and get in a car a go to a redemption center. But we cannot redeem ourselves. We cannot pay our debt. And that is where a pop can might be better off, for its redemption is only costs a nickel, but ours would cost all that we have, all that we would ever get, and even then we would still owe our life Ė just to pay for the debt from sin. No one has enough money.
And if we are not redeemed, what then? We continue in slavery to sin, to death, and to the devil Ė and so it will remain for all eternity, for if we are not redeemed, we will spend all eternity in Hell. That is why redemption is a big deal, no one in their right mind wants to spend all eternity in Hell, not even the devil.
Thatís why Jesus is so important to us, thatís why we often speak of Jesus as our redeemer, because that is what he has done for us by his suffering, death and resurrection. He has paid our debt and set us free. We couldnít do it for ourselves, but Jesus did it for us, not that it was easy, neither was it cheap.
Isaiah 53:12he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
So, have you been redeemed? Good, so how does this change your life?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with silver or gold, but with his holy precious blood and his innocent suffering and death, that I may be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
I believe that God has made me and all creatures, that he has given me my body soul and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still preserves them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals and all that I own. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this he does because of his fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
Thank and praise, serve and obey Ė there is a duty to God that comes from being redeemed. Part of it is worship that is owed not only for redemption, but also because God is God, the creator of all. But there is more to our service than worship, it is a stewardship of our whole life and of all that God has entrusted to us.
It is gifts of thanks to work to bring this good news to all the world.