Redeemed?

22 Apr

Good Friday - EasterToday is Good Friday. What a curious day. To the world it should really be known as ‘morbid Friday’, as Christians far and wide celebrate the murder of one of histories most highly regarded humans.

To Christians, who see it as one of the most important events in human history, it should probably be called ‘great Friday’ or some other, far stronger adjective.

So which is it? Or should it be some 4th option? (a – Good Friday, b – Morbid Friday, c – Outstanding Friday or d – a.n.other)

Peter (the apostle, not your mate from school) saw it like this as he reminded the persecuted church exactly who they were:

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

For Peter at least, it should be called ‘Redemption Friday’. Let’s have a quick history lesson.

The most famous example of redemption in the OT is Israel’s redemption from Egypt. They were saved from being slaves to Pharaoh to being God’s own people. In a similar way we as Christians have been saved from being slaves to sin to being adopted children of God.

More than this though are the consequences of the various states. Israel, in captivity, were brutalised and mistreated. As God’s people they were blessed and given their own land. A complete change in circumstances. In a similar way we as Christians under sin, as slaves, were able to inherit only death. As adopted children of God we can have life. A complete change in circumstances.

One final comparison. Israel’s famous redemption wasn’t just conceptual, it was linked to an event, the Exodus. For as Christians our redemption isn’t just the shuffling of some papers, but an event, Jesus shedding his blood.

As Jesus, still nailed to the Cross, uttered those most compelling of words, “It is finished!” He confirmed for all creation to hear that He had redeemed His people.

I’m going to suggest a 5th name for today, Flippin’ Amazing Redemption Friday. How about it?

(Here’s the sermon audio that I preached on this topic in our recent Good Friday Service)

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  1. saintbeagle - 26/04/2011

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