The Need for a Redeemer
The Need For A Redeemer
By Dr. Jo Anna Watson
“Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory, which God bestows and receives, [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption, which is [provided] in Jesus Christ, Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance, He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment. It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23–26 AB)
If after reading the above Scripture and you are still wondering why we need a redeemer, I will do my best to explain. In order for God’s plan of redemption to be fulfilled, a redeemer is required! The root problem of the Adamic race is the issue of sin—not just generally, as a result of the fall of Adam, but individually as well, whether or not you choose to believe it. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
No book other than the Bible deals with the issue of humanity’s sin problem and also includes the solution to that problem. The Bible gives us the answers to all of life’s issues. A truth revealed in the Bible is that people will never be able to deal with their problems until they first personally deal with their sin problem (Romans 3:23).
What is sin? I am glad you asked. Sin is simply the failing to give God His rightful place in our lives. When we lead lives that fail to give glory to God, it is sin. Again you may or may not agree with that definition, because it is very broad, but it is all-inclusive. Esau’s problem was that he failed to give God His rightful place in his life. As a result, the Bible tells us, God hated Esau, but He loved Jacob (Romans 9:13). Esau was not mindful of God, only of himself. That is something to consider!
Adam and Eve’s sin caused a separation between God and the Adamic race through both a physical and a spiritual death. Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and no longer lived in the atmosphere of God’s glory. The reason for this separation is that the unrighteousness of sin and the righteousness of a Holy God cannot dwell together. This was the same reason that Lucifer, renamed Satan, was no longer aloud to dwell where God was.
The only way sin can be redeemed is through the shedding of innocent blood. That is God’s requirement. We learn of the importance of the shedding of innocent blood through the old covenant and the temple’s animal sacrificial system: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11 NIV).
Until the destruction of the second temple the shedding of animal’s blood was used to redeem the sins of the people. The problem was that it only lasted one year, and they had to do it all over again the next year. The animal’s blood only covered sin; it did not actually redeem sin. Instead, it was a yearly reminder of each individual’s sins.
The good news is that from the beginning God’s redemptive plan was to send His Son, Jesus, the Messiah, to shed His blood, once and for all, for the sins of the Adamic race. It is only through our sacrificial Lamb, Jesus the Christ, and His shed blood that our sin problem can be eliminated.
Apostle Peter tells us “It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb and this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately-at the end of the ages-become public knowledge. God always knew he was going to do this for you. It is because of this sacrificial Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God” (1 Peter 1:17-21 Message Bible).
If we, all humanity, could only understand the power of the precious blood of Jesus, as our Messiah, the Anointed One, lives would be changed because our perspective would change. The blood covenant through Jesus Christ is a divine exchange. Only the pure, powerful and precious blood of Jesus our Messiah-Redeemer could once and for all deal with humanities sin problem.
The power of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is real. It is not a theory or a theology. Jesus said it was finished. He is risen and He sits at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. The reality of our individual experiential relationship with Jesus is to permit Him to draw us close to Him, which then brings Him close to us (James 5). As you draw near to God, in repentance for your sins, He will draw near to you!
It is because of God’s great love for us that He has revealed His final plan for the Adamic race. We find God’s final plan in the last chapter of the Bible, the book of Revelation. God reveals to us throughout the Bible that at “some specific time in the future” He will make all things new. Jesus will return, not only as our Bridegroom but also as our royal priestly King.
In the final chapter, Jesus, through John the revelator, declares that He is the root of Jesse, King David’s father. Jesus is the royal priestly King who will return to the new earth and rule and reign over His bride–all believers, as the King of Kings, forevermore!
“I, Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:16–17, emphasis mine)
In this present generation, modern science, with all its discoveries and advances, increased knowledge and educational achievements appear to have caused the eyes of most people to be taken off the God of the Bible and humanities destiny. This has resulted in a lack of knowledge and understanding of the first coming of Jesus as the Messiah, His crucifixion, and also His second coming as Bridegroom and, most important, as a royal priestly King. Belief in and the confession of the life, death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus as Redeemer is humanity’s only solution to its sin problem.
The Bible is truly God’s love story. This love story is first between God and His beloved Jewish people, who make up the nation of Israel, and second, to the rest of the world. Through the Jewish people, God provided humanity with the Redeemer, Jesus our Messiah, (Yeshua)) “the way of salvation!” The apostle Peter wrote that through Jesus we have everything we need for life and godliness.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. But also for this reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 2–9)
Paul added that we must add to our faith the things listed above, so that we will not stumble or go astray. The writer of Hebrews declares,
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through the angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.” (Hebrews 2:1–4)
Paul was saying that through Jesus we now have permission to live in God’s kingdom and not Satan’s kingdom. He was saying that in the mercy and grace of Jesus, through repentance and the forgiveness of our sins, we are able live confidently.
“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things, you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly in the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 10–11)
In Jesus, as our Messiah-Redeemer, we have everything we need. God has given all humanity an opportunity to receive redemption and restoration through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus paid the price, once and for all, for humanity’s sin problem by shedding His own blood. Jesus will return again, as our faithful royal priestly King!
The greatest event in history—the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus the Messiah—was done for your sake and mine! Only through Jesus can we live in the atmosphere of God’s glory, now and in the age to come, for eternity! The requirement has been fulfilled, and the payment has been made. The price has been paid in full through the blood of Jesus, our Sacrificial Lamb.
We can be redeemed if we come to Jesus through repentance. It is walking in the promises of God, through repentance and obedience to God’s biblical and moral principles that brings victory and hope into every area of our lives. The choice is yours. Dare to believe!
“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever an ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:21)