Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Every week, I receive in the mail advertisements from the local grocery store which contain coupons for various products. My favorites are those that offer substantial savings. Dollar off coupons are the greatest! It is wonderful to have a piece of newspaper delivered to my door that is of the same value as real money. When you redeem them, you get the equivalent amount of money deducted from your bill. Redemption in the Bible is not that different from this example. Redemption is defined as “buying back by the payment of an equivalent.” Redemption does not speak about worthiness, but instead about value. You are not worthy of Heaven; no one is. In fact, we are worthy of punishment in Hell. (Romans 6:23) Even though we are not worthy to dwell with God in Heaven, He still wants us too! Think about this: even though you and I are worthy of death because we have violated God’s laws, we have not lost value in His eyes. He is willing to pay with the best that He has. He redeems us with the payment of an equivalent, that is Jesus Christ! We are marked and mired by the sin and the filth of this world, yet he still values greatly a potential relationship with us. The next time that you are feeling down on yourself and believe that God doesn’t care about you, remember that He does love you and sent his Son to die for you. That’s value; that’s redemption! Hallelujah!