As I read Leviticus 25 this morning, I was reminded that God did not become Redeemer when Jesus died on the cross. Here we see the redemption of land, slaves, and the poor. We are reminded of the kinsman redeemer.
We see that, even in the beginnings of His relationship with the newly freed nation of Israel, as He formed a covenant with them at Sinai, God was Redeemer. He was concerned with the redemption of those who could not redeem themselves, with the freedom of those who were powerless to free themselves. God had freed His people from Egypt, and it was His intention to keep them free.
It was their own refusal to abide by the covenant that kept the Israelites from being free as God desired.
As followers of Christ – the Church – we are that nation’s successors, in that we are God’s people. Like Israel, we sometimes stubbornly refuse to obey. But God’s intention in the death and resurrection of His Son is that we would be free.
He didn’t simply make rules allowing for our physical redemption as He did in Leviticus. He gave Himself that we would be redeemed effective, spiritually, eternally. Jesus was and is the ultimate kinsman redeemer, who gave His life that we might be free from sin, free to live lives that glorify Him.
Not only did He give us the opportunity, but He empowers us to be free. The very Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us (Romans 8:11), giving us what we need to live as the people of God.
We are redeemed!