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The Record Of Redemption



We’re enthralled by the story of Ruth and Boaz and countless times have remarked, “I’m looking for my Boaz.” However, Boaz was so much more than a good man. He was a type of Christ as Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. When Ruth initially entered his field, she had no idea that the owner of the field was Boaz who just happened to be her kinsman redeemer (Ruth 2:3). As her kinsman-redeemer, Boaz was a male relative who had the responsibility to avenge, deliver, rescue, and redeem the property of Ruth. And Boaz understood the assignment! He did exactly that.


Now consider Jesus Christ. We could perhaps consider him to be a good man, a prophet, maybe someone we should aspire to emulate. But if that’s all we’re looking for in Christ, we miss out on who he is and what he has done as the Son of God (1 John 5:20), the Word wrapped in flesh (John 1:14) and the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). He is our kinsman redeemer and ahhhhhh Jesus understood the assignment!!! He avenged us from darkness, freed us from bondage, delivered us from sin and rescued us death, hell and the grave. But Jesus did not stop there. He redeemed us by paying our full sin debt. Every. Single. Sin. Every. Single Wrong. Every. Single. Offense. Jesus paid it all! Not because we were good or bad; rich or because he pitied us poor. He redeemed us because he loves us. Period.


Jesus' nail-scarred hands, the skin of his back hanging like ribbons, the crown pressed into his head, and his naked body suspended between heaven and earth is more than an Easter play. It is a historical fact and an eternal receipt for the sins of anyone who believes on him. His redemption is available for all and from all. Redemption is not only possible, it is necessary. God sent his Son to this earth to ultimately pay a debt we owed. Without receipt of payment (faith in Jesus Christ) we are more than lost, we are still dead in trespasses and sins.


If you have believed on Christ, do not waste another moment languishing over your record. “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) If you desire to experience a life of redemption, you do not have to wait another second “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) This very moment, it’s not just my voice beckoning and praying for you, but “ the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22: 17)

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