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WHAT IS REDEMPTION?

FEB 9

1 Peter 1:18-19
Memorise 1 Peter 1:18-19
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity...”

In my secondary school days, I remember how everyone wanted to get their hands on the latest iPod and Crumpler bag. Now, people around me are always talking about branded bags, shoes and clothing. I am sure that you have similar experiences – perhaps with your friends in school, or maybe even you yourself! The materialistic world that we live in indeed puts great weight on such possessions.

But what are all these material goods, when compared with the greatest gift that one can ever receive? In today’s reading, we read that we are redeemed not “with corruptible things, as silver and gold”, but “with the precious blood of Christ”! The word “redeemed” in this verse also means “ransom”, and refers literally to a price paid for the redemption of captives, for example, people who have been kidnapped. For us, we are all by nature captive to sin, “subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15) to sin and to Satan. Under the curse of sin, we would have been condemned to eternal death and suffering. Because of Christ, though, who came to this earth “to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28), we have been redeemed from this bondage. Jesus died in our place that we no longer need to pay the penalty for our sins.

Dear teen, do you treasure this wonderful gift of salvation? Silver and gold and all the material possessions that this world can offer are but “corruptible things”, things that cannot last beyond the grave. The blood of Christ, though, is more precious than anything else in the world, for it has the power to save and to grant eternal life. Some of your favourite hymns and spiritual songs would be about the blood of Christ. “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.” ♫

The question is, is it precious to you?

Thought: “Sing, O sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me!”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the precious gift of salvation.