Redemption

Nov 9, 2021    Rudy Rodriguez, Chris Willett
Redemption. We love hearing stories about redemption. We love watching movies where the hero redeems himself. In real life, however, we don’t care that our enemies are redeemed. In fact, we long to make them suffer for their wrongs. If only we understood the eternal price that is required of us, and the goodness of Christ’s cross.
Q: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor? A: Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer
Isaiah 53:10-11 ESV Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.

Q: Who is the Redeemer? A: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God , in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Q: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? A: One who is truly human and also truly God.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Q: Why must the Redeemer be truly human? A: That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
Hebrews 2:17 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people
Q: Why must the Redeemer be truly God? A: That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
Acts 2:24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.