Spring is coming. (Hopefully!) Soon, at baseball games and track meets, many Americans across our country will join to sing our National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner. In that song we sing of â€œthe land of the free and home of the brave.â€
Do you feel free? Really free?Â Or do you sometimes feel trapped?Â Do you sometimes feel like a chain is shackled around your ankle? Do you feel the chains of work responsibilities that clink against home responsibilities?Â Do you feel the chains of pain, or financial strain, or the chains of guilt as you look back at mistakes youâ€™ve made?Â All of those chains, and the clamp on our freedom we feel, are linked to the chain of death.Â We only have one life to live and everyday the end is closer.
Soon, people around the country will join in singing another song.Â On Easter Sunday their voices will ring out: â€œI Know that My Redeemer Lives.â€ Â Samuel Medley wrote this hymn, but another man gave him the inspiration for the key line.Â This manâ€™s name was Job.Â Thousands of years ago, in one of the darkest hours of his life, Job said, â€œI know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.â€ (Job 19:25).
What is a redeemer? A redeemer is someone who delivers others out of trouble and grants them freedom by paying the great price that is on their head. Jesus is your Redeemer.
To think of Jesus as your redeemer, picture this:
The devil is pulling a huge caged wagon crammed full of prisoners.Â You are one of those prisoners. Jesus stands in the middle of the roadway and asks, â€œWho are these people?â€
â€œThey are the worldâ€™s sinners.Â I am taking them to hell with me,â€ the devil snaps back
Jesus looks at him and says, â€œI donâ€™t want that. I will buy these people from you?â€
â€œHa-ha!â€ the devil sarcastically sneers, â€œYou donâ€™t know what youâ€™re asking. The price is very high. And these people wonâ€™t even love you for it. Theyâ€™ll doubt you, complain against you and even curse you!â€
â€œThat doesnâ€™t matter. I will still buy them from you.â€
â€œThe only price high enough is your very life!â€
Without hesitation Jesus responds, â€œI love them. I will pay the price.â€
Jesus paid the price for you.Â He paid with his life given up on a cross to release you from your prison and give you true freedom.Â And then something incredible and amazing happened. Jesus rose from the dead.Â That is the celebration of Easter â€“ that your Redeemer is alive and your Redeemer says to you, â€œBecause I live, you also will live!â€ (John 14:19)
Jesus is your Redeemer.Â He gives you true freedom each and every day.Â This Easter celebrate what Jesus, your Redeemer, has done for you.
â€œI know that my Redeemer lives,Â and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.â€ – Job