By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology
In a recent conversation with a friend, I was given a car wash coupon. The coupon stated, “good for the redemption of one super deluxe wash at —“. Being a hose and bucket guy in my driveway, I was anxious to use this. This was the hand wash and dry with wax, sun screen and other stuff I did not know my car needed. This simple piece of paper was going to transform my car inside and out. At the bottom of my coupon was a small signature of the owner. It was not the coupon, but the signature of the man that would be paying for my carwash that made all the difference.
There is a word that is common in Christian circles but may not be fully understood.
To redeem something is to pay a payment or to be given in exchange for. Jesus came to the earth to redeem all creation from sin. In the Bible the Book of Colossians 1:13, 14 states, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Just as my car was “rescued” from the dirt inside and out, our lives are rescued by the work Jesus Christ freely did on the cross. Jesus paid the price so that my sin could be forgiven and there would be hope for a future with him. Just as the car wash owner gave me a coupon to redeem with his signature, God has given us the opportunity to have our sins forgiven, washed away and a brand new life begins.
My promise of redemption of my life was not just a piece of paper, it was a person. God sent his son to validate my rescue from sin. The only thing left is to take the free gift. If you have not yet “redeemed” the coupon God gave you to rescue you from the penalty and pain of sin, he is ready to give you the “super deluxe” life that he intended for us all.
My car was never better after that wash and my life has never been better after I redeemed the gift of salvation in my life.
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