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JOB 20 - The Redeemer Paid My Ransom

Job 19
25. For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;
26. and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God,
27. Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

The human redeemer could also pay your ransom to get you out of trouble.
Job was expressing this same quality of faith in the Divine Redeemer who was still to come. And he was right to do so, because this is the corner-stone of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done as our Redeemer: He paid the ransom to get us out of trouble.

What trouble is this? you may ask.
Because of our sin we are in trouble with God. The nature of the trouble is that God's holiness does not permit sin in His presence. We are sinners and so cannot have a relationship with God in our sinful state.
That's our trouble.

What the Lord Jesus did was to take on Himself the penalty of our sin, which was to become sin in our place and die a criminal's death on a cross of shame.
In this way He, our Divine Redeemer, in exchanging places with us, bought our way out of trouble with God.

Now, when our sins are cleansed by putting our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, we are able to come into God's presence and God sees us just as if we never sinned.
This means that we are now free to establish and maintain a close relationship with God, so close in fact that He now wants us to call Him, Father.

The writer to the Hebrew Christians put it this way:

9. but we do see Jesus - who for awhile was a little lower than the angels - crowned now by God with glory and honor because he suffered death for us. Yes, because of God's great kindness, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world.
10. And it was right and proper that God, who made everything for his own glory, should allow Jesus to suffer, for in doing this he was bringing vast multitudes of God's people to heaven; for his suffering made Jesus a perfect Leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation.
11. We who have been made holy by Jesus, now have the same Father he has. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers.
(Hebrews 2 LB)

Lord Jesus Christ, thank You that You were willing to become sin in my place and die a criminal's death on a shameful cross, to pay the ransom to bring me into fellowship with God, so I could call Him, Father.
I worship You today, Lord Jesus,

See you tomorrow, God willing!