I looked up the word “redeemer” in the secular dictionary (Merriam-Webster) and it struck me how each of its different meanings can be applied to what Jesus has done for us and why He should indeed be called our redeemer. Let me show you:
(1) To make (something that is bad, unpleasant etc) better or more acceptable.
Jesus has excelled at this, going ‘above and beyond’ this definition. We were not just bad and a little unpleasant; our sin had moved us as far as could be from having a relationship with our Holy and perfect God. Jesus did not make us better or more acceptable; He transformed us. We are now fully accepted because of His redemption. We are now counted as righteous, our sins blotted from God’s sight.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace”. (Ephesians 1:7)
“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)
(2) To exchange (something such as a coupon or lottery ticket) for money, an award etc.
Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect life. This is known as ‘the great exchange’; He exchanged our filthy rags for His perfectly spotless righteous robes. That is better than any lottery ticket!
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”.” (Galatians 3:13)
(3) To buy back (something such as a stock or bond).
Through our sin, we had sold ourselves into slavery and none of us had the resources to buy back our freedom. In Jesus’ eyes we are such a precious commodity that He chose to give up His life as a ransom for us.
“….for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
“…..knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
(4) To free from what distresses or harms:
(i) To free from captivity by payment of ransom.
Sin held us captive, chained us up with no chance of escape, but Jesus has freed us from those chains.
(ii) To release from blame or debt.
The debt has been paid; we now come right into God’s presence freely, blameless in His sight.
“….even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him”. (Ephesians 1:4)
(5) To atone for (expiate).
Expiate means ‘to make amends for’ which is exactly what Jesus has done for us.
This is why He is our great redeemer!
I’ve found another great song on YouTube about this very subject I hope you enjoy it!