Music is a gift of the Lord, and some songs just have to be played real loud. Certain songs awaken my heart, and I have to sing along… real loud! Big Daddy Weave sings one of those songs: I Am Redeemed. I love the reminder that I am now a free a man. I am free in Christ, because He has redeemed me from my sin and shame.
We hear that word, redeemed, and understand a heavy price was paid. God’s people were bought by the blood of Jesus. In so doing, Jesus clarified our value. Jesus did not bargain when it came to redeeming us. He literally paid it all. If value is determined by cost, then God’s people are His most valuable possession.
Redemption also carries deeper insight into God’s view of His people. Redemption is typically the work of the next-of-kin. There are times when a person may fall into financial ruin and risk losing possessions or even freedom. In those instances, the right and responsibility of redemption falls first to the next-of-kin. It is the loving and sacrificial duty of family to redeem their next-of-kin.
When God redeemed us from sin, He assumed the responsibility of our next-of-kin. Not only did He pay the greatest price, but He also declared, “We are family.” He truly is our Father, and Jesus truly is our Brother. We are family with the One who is our Creator, Lord, and Savior.
Now that is something to sing about!
Hebrews 2:10-11 – For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.