Ephesians 1:7-10 - 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt stuck? Maybe you have struggled to lose weight, or maybe you have struggled to kick a bad habit or habitual sin. If so, you know what it’s like to be enslaved by something. What do we do when we feel stuck or enslaved? We remember the truth of v.7 which says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses...”
Redemption is one of the most powerful themes throughout the bible. Redemption is when someone is liberated or freed from bondage or slavery. In the Old Testament, God redeemed his people by delivering them out of slavery in Egypt, so they could be free to worship God in the promised land. However, the redemption of Israel was just a foreshadowing of a greater redemption that is now found in Jesus.
How did Jesus secure our redemption? Verse 7 says, “through his blood...” Our redemption was extremely costly - it cost Jesus his life. Jesus sacrificed himself and shed his blood on the cross, so our sins could be forgiven, and we could be set free from the power and bondage of sin. This means we are no longer slaves to sin. In Jesus, we are free! When you know you are free, you are empowered to say no to temptation and yes to living for God. How can you exercise your redemption in Jesus today?
• How does being redeemed (in Jesus) make you feel?
• What difference does the blessing of redemption (in Jesus) make in your life?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for redeeming you (in Jesus).