“Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer’” Ruth 4:14
No matter how hopeless our circumstances appear, our Lord has not left us without a Redeemer.
This truth has really been impressed upon my heart over the past few years. All of those hopeless circumstances…the crushed dreams…the darkness and pain that seem to win…He redeems it all in perfect, abundant grace. What the enemy intends for evil and for our destruction, the God of heaven purposes and works for good. He transforms it all to display His glory and faithfulness to those who wait for Him.
All of this comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ. The One in whom “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19). He came to pay the ransom for us. The price demanded for our souls. A price we would spend eternity paying, for our rebellion against an infinitely holy God. Such mercy is found here. The very God against whom we rebelled, the God we mocked and rejected, is the God who gave Himself to pay our debt and satisfy His justice and righteousness.
Jesus willingly “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). In His last words before His death, our Savior sealed our hope. “It is finished” (John 19:30). Our ransom was paid in full. Our debt satisfied. We were bought back with the very blood of Christ. In Him, we are saved to the uttermost—not a speck of dirt remains, for we have been washed clean and clothed in righteousness (Hebrews 7:25).
We have a Redeemer. We have been released from captivity and bought back, “a people for his own possession, that [we] may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). And in Him, we have hope instead of despair. Because our God is greater than any circumstance, and His redeeming grace will reign in every detail.