This blog post is part of the Real Life in the Gap, blog hop through Proverbs 31 Online Bible studies. It is in response to our study of Anna, the Prophetess in Luke 2: 36 – 38.
What a power packed word! In studying redemption this week, God revealed to me that it is an action word. Redemption does require action on my end. Now sistas, before you go and get your “panties in a wad,” (As our teenage daughters use to say) hear me out.
Yes, Jesus is the one and only who can and does redeem us from our sins and the consequences of them. (I heard that AMEN!) But let’s take a closer look to see why I think it is an “action word” on our part.
The definition of redemption is “to pay the required price to secure the release of a convicted criminal (me, in God’s eyes), the process therein involved (death), and the person making the payment (Jesus death on the cross on my behalf).” Stay with me here, sistas!
The Holman Bible Dictionary tells us that the New Testament redemption speaks of a substitutionary sacrifice demonstrating divine love and righteousness. (Once again, Jesus dying on our behalf) However, the commentary goes on to say…. (Now, here is where the rubber meets the road) …. “Which points people to a new relationship with God, the dynamic of a new life, God’s leniency in the past and the call for humility for the future!” This is where my action is required. Because of my redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is my responsibility to help point others to a new relationship with God, the dynamic of a new life, and a personal call to me, for humility for the future!!
I don’t believe my action is to be “brow beating” someone into believing they need Jesus. Some of you might disagree with this point, but I do not think it is my job to point out some else’s sin or failure. And it certainly isn’t to stand in judgment or condemnation of their mistakes, and failures. What I, we, are required to do, is much like Jesus did. (Outside of being nailed to the cross and dying a horrible death.) I am to have a meek attitude and mild spirit! Through my love for Jesus, which in turn, spills over into my love for others, I am to point people to my Redeemer!! What I see as my required action in redemption, is much like what we see in Anna.
Let’s take a glance back at her.
“At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:38)
Anna spoke to all who were looking forward to redemption (someone making the payment on their behalf). I bet some of those individuals didn’t even realize they needed a Savior, someone who would pour divine love and righteousness into their lives. They were just looking for a way out of the lifestyle they had gotten themselves into. Yet, Anna knew immediately this baby was their Savior. And she immediately begun to thank God and speak to ALL! And I am just betting she spoke with a mild attitude and contrite (humble) heart.