“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.” (Luke 1:68)

 Buying and selling is a big part of lives, isn’t it? So much of our lives involve paying something to get something.
The word “redeem” which we see a lot in Scripture means essentially that: to give something to buy someone or something back. When it involves people, perhaps we could think of someone paying a price to set a slave free or giving a ransom to set a kidnapped person free.
Well, each one of us wasn’t born free. We were born slaves to sin and sentenced to death. By the sin we inherited from our first parents and the sin that we perpetuate with our lives, we owe a debt to God we could only pay for with an eternity of suffering. We have woefully insufficient funds to buy our freedom!
But God doesn’t. What did God plan to do? In grace upon grace your God chose to pay your debt Himself! The whole purpose of Jesus being born into this world was so that with His life and His death payment on the cross He might buy you back to God…forever! That’s why Jesus came! He came to redeem you!
So, praise be to the Lord! He thought you were worth His coming to redeem you!
Looking forward to celebrating my Redeemer’s birth, just like you,
pastor