“The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him…. In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD; in the east, they will glorify him. For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the LORD. “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins,” Isa. 59:15,16,19,20 NLT
I have good news for you today! Your redeemer has come and He is with you today! His name is Jesus. He can help you through your situation. I’ve got good news for you! You can’t fix your problem. But if you will stop trying and start daily turning to Jesus He will fix it for you! The Bible calls him the redeemer, The Kinsman redeemer, the Ga’al. Do you know what a redeemer is? Listen to this:
The Boy Who Lost His Boat
Tom carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tom sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tom tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream.
Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.
A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see — sure enough — it was his!
Tom hurried to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!”
“Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.”
Tom ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. “Here’s the money for my boat.” As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said, “Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.”
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Your redeemer is the one who made you but your sin and the winds of this sinful world have blown you out of His hands. Your choices and the choices of others have whisked you right downstream into the darkest night you’ve ever known but that hasn’t put you beyond God’s reach. You’ve been captured in a net of circumstances and set aside to be sold to the highest bidder but that hasn’t taken away God’s power to help because He is your redeemer and HE has already paid the highest price for you. If you just stop trying to fix your life yourself and give it to Him He can fix the mess. As Herbert Cooper said “”God will take your mess and turn it into a message”
Oh what Good News!
I totally love this and am so encouraged. Praying that it touches many others. God bless you and be with you in big ways during this series and always!
And so He is! 🙂
“Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.” What a message! Thank you, Pastor J.
It is a great story!
To know we were loved by Him that He paid for us with His only Son, is simply humbling and amazing. Thank you Lord for loving me so much!!! My hope is that all will come to know this kind of love, this love that can’t be felt or filled by anyother but Jesus. Look to Him for your source of joy, love & happiness otherwise you will remain void of such wonderous joy. Thank you Pastor J for reminding me of His love for me and what it cost Him.
You are most welcome Sandy!
The boy and his boat was the first analogy I heard after I became a Christian. I loved it then and I still do.
Fact 1: I am His. He bought me. I belong to Him. I do not belong to myself.
Fact 2: He does such a good job of running my life, that I would be the biggest fool out to try to run it myself!
What an amazing God!
A-men! Through the school of hard knocks I am learning to release my life into His hands and not quibble when I don;t understand His choices for me! He always leads me right!
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