"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us."
Why do we need a Redeemer? That might be a question that someone might ask you. I wouldn't have been able to answer that question without all the bible studies I have done. I was raised going to church occasionally but not participating in Sunday School or Youth Group so I didn't have a foundation of understanding Christianity. I started from scratch. Now that I have studied parts of both the Old Testament and New Testament, I am beginning to understand Jesus' role as Redeemer.
It all begins with Adam and Eve in the Garden. When they brought sin into the world the also brought death. "For the wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23 We all deserve death because we can't live up to the perfect standards that God requires. He is holy and cannot be near sin. That is why He instructed Moses with the careful precautions and specifics when the Israelite built the tabernacle. God couldn't be near the sinful people unless a sacrifice, death, was made to cover the sins.
Therefore Christ made that sacrifice (we will look at those closer later in the month :D) to redeem us back to God the Father. Merriam-Webster defines redeem as "making something better or more acceptable." Jesus is making us more acceptable in the eyes of God. Because Jesus died for us, He took that curse of death from us and now we can live freely. Jesus paid that price and brought us back to being able to have a relationship with God like Adam and Eve experienced before they ate the apple.
So how can you incorporate the meaning of Jesus as your Redeemer in your life personally? Besides taking on our sins, how has He made you more acceptable in God's eyes? What changes have happened in your life since you started to follow Jesus? If you haven't decided to follow Jesus yet, will you please join me this Advent to just learn more about Him?
With His Love,