The pawn shop operates this way: you leave your item of possession with them for a stipulated amount of money and when you have enough cash, you can return to redeem the item that you had pawned.
In the above analogy, we discover the amazing truth of our redemption. We are neither the pawn shop owner nor the one who returns for the item. We are the item that was pawned! Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, the whole of mankind was pawned to the pawn shop of sin.
Unlike a pawned item, we could never earn enough to redeem ourselves. We had to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. That is why redemption is such a wonderful truth. God did not just save us from sin. We had to be redeemed from the curse of the law, the power of sin, and the power.
This is what makes our redemption so beautiful. We did absolutely nothing to deserve it. In fact, it was precisely because our innate sin nature was so dastardly bad that Jesus had to lay his life down for us. Our sin was exchanged for his righteousness. Our filth was exchanged for his purity. Christ redeemed us because of his incredible love and grace! Hallelujah!
We feel a little happy when we redeem a coupon, carpark validation or even an item from the pawn shop. How much more elation and joy should we have to be redeemed by God? As we dwell on these thoughts, let us rest in the redemptive work of the cross and find wholeness in our souls.
I’ll leave you with one last thought – the final redemption of the Lord. The day will come where the saints will be fully redeemed in Christ. On that glorious day, we will cry and weep with joy. From now till then, we have a redemption to behold and a redemption to be told. Others need to hear of this as well. Let us share our redemption story to people we know in hopes that they may come to the Lord in redemptive hope. Amen and amen!