“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 NIV
“But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 NIV
These two verses are from Isaiah in the Old Testament. They use a word that you may not know, “redeemed”. Redeem means to buy, to pay for, to get back, or to exchange.
Let’s look at a simple example. You are playing with your little brother. He takes your toy; you hit him and lie to your mom about it. (sin) Your mom sends you to time out. (separate) You have to stay in time out until someone pays to get you out or trades places with you. Your sister comes in and says she’ll take your place in time out for a bag of M&M’s. (buy, exchange) Your dad pays her the M&M’s and you are out. (redeemed)
When we sin and do things that don’t please God, we are separated from Him, but He calls us to return because He redeems us. He pays the price to buy us back. And God did this by sending His Son, Jesus, to the cross in exchange for us. Jesus died for our sins, so we don’t have to. He exchanged His life for ours. God redeemed us through Jesus, His Son.
The verses above tell us that our sins are “swept away”, gone, because we are redeemed. And now read the second verse with your name in it (instead of Jacob and Israel). God says that we have nothing to fear because he has redeemed us by name. We belong to Him! That’s a comforting thought and a nice feeling, isn’t it?
This week thank Jesus for redeeming you and paying the price, so you don’t have to. Draw a picture of Jesus and put it in your room to remind yourself that your sins are swept away, that Jesus calls you by name, and that you are redeemed!
Blessings and joy that you are redeemed!