Opening to Revelation 5 we see ourselves in the future; and what is it we are doing when God let's us see ourselves? Singing praises to our Redeemer!
There are few times that God's Word allows us to actually see what we will be doing in Heaven and they always involves us seeing ourselves worshiping the True and Living God and His Son our Redeemer.
Notice what we are focused upon in Heaven—a Redeemer who died in our place!
Redeem, Redeemer, and redemption are words that show up 169 times in the NKJV of the Bible. These are the last two times the word redeem is used in the Bible.
Redemption is a word that speaks of debts being paid, freedom being purchased and a life going in a completely new direction from the point of redemption onward.
So today join me for the greatest theme in all the Bible—the redemption of lost sinners by the God who so loved the world that he gave His Son to die on a cross and shed His blood to pay the price of sin! And where better to see that theme than the way we will be—singing the new song of our worthy redeemer.
Revelation 14:2-4 "And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to God and to the Lamb."
You and I are really in debt today.
I'm not talking about the trillions of dollars of our national debt; nor the trillions more dollars of credit card, auto loans, and mortgage debt. I am referring to the debt we owe to God for our sins.
In a real sense every time we sin it is an offense to God; we are obligated as His creations to obey Him—and we don't. So we go through life racking up an ever larger, un-payable debt of sin (Gal. 3:10; James 2:10; Matt. 18:23-27).
Now turn to the record of Christ's death upon the cross. The climactic end of Christ's redemption as the Lamb of God was captured by John as he stood at the foot of the Cross. Looking up through the darkness he heard and recorded Christ's one word.
John 19:30 "So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."
Paid in full is what Jesus cried from the cross of His redemption as the work of salvation was once and for all time completed; and paid in full is what He declares each time we come to Him confessing our sins.
There is one great word that captures the essence of our salvation this morning, and that word is redemption.
Redemption involves the blood of Jesus shed as He died on the Cross to pay the purchase price of our salvation. So redemption sums up Christ's death, His blood shed, His life given as a substitutionary sacrifice. So if any portion of salvation can be ranked as any more vital than any other—redemption would be at the top of the list.
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