SUNDAY, 9th August, 2020
THE POWER OF REDEMPTION.
Text: Colossians 1:13-14.
We thank God for today as we are given the privilege to return to the Church Auditorium for our Sunday Worship Services. Today is our Communion Sunday and I want to speak briefly on the topic, “THE POWER OF REDEMPTION.” Our pericope speaks of our deliverance from the power of darkness and our conveyance into the kingdom of Jesus Christ as we received redemption through His blood. This simply summarizes our experience of salvation. But what is redemption?
(A) REDEMPTION: WHAT IS IT? Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines redemption as “the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom.” Redemption is the liberty which the slave longs for and perhaps the sweetest earthly cup a man can drink. Health has been often been said to be the greatest earthly blessing for what are money, luxury, titles, even a crown without health. But what is health without liberty?
One could imagine the noisy joy of a dog when he gets off its chains and the excitement of an eagle chained to the perch, when it finally escapes. But nothing is sweet like when men are set free from their bondages. But there is no degrading and dreadful bondage like that of those who are sold to the slavery of sin.
We all need redemption because,
1. The slavery of sin is natural to man. The Psalmist says, “in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psa. 51:5)That simply means every man is born carnal and sold under sin.
2. The slavery of sin is a universal state of man. The king and the beggar are both slaves; every man’s heart is black whatever colour his skin might be.
3. The slavery of sin is the state of all unconverted men.
(a) Some are slaves of gold. It is a bondage that makes a man to harden his heart, hurt his own flesh, lie, cheat and throw his own soul away all because of money.
(b) Some are slaves of lust. All manifestations of immoralities like adultery, fornication, rape, incest, bestiallity, homosexuality etc are evidences of man’s slavery to lust.
(c) Some are slaves of drunkenness. Of all slavery, this seems to be the most helpless and hopeless. This is a slavery that drowns the conscience of man.
(d) Some are slaves to the opinions of the world. Many are pre-occupied with the opinions, ideas, concepts and philosophies of this world. Only Christ can deliver man from all these bondage.
(B) THE MYSTERY OF OUR REDEMPTION.
Our redemption mentioned in Colossians 1:14 is not a simple matter at all. Christ did not redeem us by simply revealing the truth to us leaving us to figure out our way. Christ did not redeem us by just showing us an example. But Christ has redeemed us by suffering in our stead. He shed His blood to redeem us for “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.” (Heb. 9:22) That blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us. ( 1 John 1: 7)
Redemption is more than mere rescue. If you see a man in danger and you pluck him out, you save but not redeem him. If you see a man under oppression and you snatch him from his enemy, you deliver but not redeem him. But redemption is the release of a man by the payment of a ransom. By our transgressions, we have exposed ourselves to God’s law and its punishment unless we are delivered. But if that penalty is paid, we are redeemed and our forgiveness is connected to our redemption. It is not about what we have done, but all about the price Jesus has paid.
A man named John Welsh was imprisoned in Chicago under the sentence of death. His friends tried to get his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment. As at the day before the one fixed for his execution, there was no favorable reply. As John Welsh sat in his cell listening and longing earnestly for a respite, he heard the rumbling of a vehicle that brought materials for the scaffold and soon he heard the stroke of hammers and he pictured himself hanging on the scaffold he could hear them raising. That sound drove him agitated and he pleaded that he might be taken anywhere away from the dreadful noise. He was taken to a distant cell, and there he sat on the edge of his bed, haunted with gloomy thoughts, all hope was gone.
Suddenly, the key was thrust into the lock and one of the prison officers stood before him. He held in his hand a paper signed by the Governor of the State of Illinois and it was a commutation of his sentence. Could this be true? When the paper was handed to him, he could not read it for tears but hugged and kissed this paper that was bringing him back his life. In the same vein, Christ our redeemer has paid the full price for our redemption to give us hope of life eternal. (Col.1:27) . Let us therefore besiege the throne of grace in expectation, in appreciation and in total dedication to him.