Redeemer

cross-66700_640Job 19:25: For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.

This is as direct a reference to Jesus as Job can make (Luke 1:68).

Job’s suffering and ugly state described in Job chapter 2 is a symbol of damned humanity, stripped of dignity and suffering the loss of all things through the activity of the devil. Job’s righteousness was not enough to save him (our righteousness is not enough to save us too [Romans 10:3]); rather, it left him with filthy rag (our righteousness is like filthy rags [Isaiah 64:6]) and sores all over his body (in a spiritual sense that makes us outcast from the presence of God).

He fell on hard time, in a classical reversal of fortune for all time. The picture of Job, on the floor, full of sorrow and pain, and his life emptied of any reason for joy, really captured the state of Adam and Eve when they were chased out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). They experienced the mother of all losses.

In his experience of ‘redemption’, Job had the doubling of what he lost. His life was as good as new. Jesus, in the same way made us new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17) (first of its kind in the history of the world), more prestigious than the first order in Adam. We are the bride/body of Christ (first of its kind) (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-30), sharing in divinity in the highest level of union with God. We are not just his image; we are one with him as the body of Christ. We are complete in him who is the head of all principalities and powers (Colossians 2:10).

In the formation and mandate of the first Adam, there was no hint of dominion over spiritual beings. His dominion did not extend beyond the material realm. But there is double dominion for the new creature. We have authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the powers of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19). We can quench the power of the enemy. The dominion we have in Christ cut across both spiritual and physical worlds. In Christ we sit in the heavenly places far above principalities and powers. Our redeemer brings us to a high place of power, changing us into his own image.

The redeemer must have something with which to redeem the slaves with. You cannot suffer lack and be a redeemer. The redeemer must be a man of means in better state than the one to be redeemed.

Jesus is higher than humanity, so he could be our saviour. The bible says that he was made a little while lower than God for the suffering of death, though he was God. To redeem a life, in the full sense of the need of humanity to get us to a place of relationship with God, a life must be given (in exchange), there must be the shedding of blood, and the blood must be from someone innocent and of higher life form.

The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament falls short on the count that it is a lower order. The blood of bulls and goats cannot redeem man. Man is in a higher order of existence. Jesus said that the whole world is not sufficient to redeem a soul.

Regardless of the number of animal sacrifices or for how long it they are made, nothing on earth can be given to sufficiently redeem a single soul. Someone has to come from heaven. And there is where Jesus come from (John 3:12-13). Everything else falls short of what man needs.

In the Old Testament, the high priest who had to make atoning sacrifice needed to first make a sacrifice for himself and his family, being the same order of sinful men as his fellow. The Old Testament sacrifices are not sufficient; they are only relevant to the extent that they point to a future time where the ultimate in sacrifice will be made on the cross, as the shadow indicates the substance (Colossians 2:17). It brings it to God’s mind and his anger is temporarily pacified. They momentarily point God’s attention to the sacrifice of his son, the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8); hence the necessity for their repetition in the religious structure of Old Testament Israel.

For Jesus, he and his family the Godhead/the trinity, have to need to be redeemed, had no trace of sin. Of God, it was said in him is light and no darkness at all (1John 1:5). He is the father of lights in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).

Jesus represented a higher order of existence and could meet the criteria for the redemption of all humanity. Angels cannot be used; they are a lower order of existence to man because man was made in the very image of God. The only one higher than man is God himself. Hence Jesus had to be God to qualify to redeemed man.

The bible says that Jesus is able (fully qualified) to save to the uttermost, those who come to God through him, because he forever lives to make intercession for us, becoming the author of eternal salvation (being eternally God, unchanging).

The bible says that it was God the word which because flesh (as Jesus) and died for our sins (John 1:1-5, 12-17), so it was the blood of God that saved us. The work of salvation is complete in Jesus. We have no need that he did not meet by his atoning sacrifice.

Our need for change from following the devil to following God was met in him. He came to share in our lower order of life for a while, after which he takes us into his higher order of existence. He made us like himself in all things (1John 4:17). How great is that! What great redemption (Hebrews 2:3-18)!

He told his disciples: in my father’s house there are many dwelling places (John 14:1-3), I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you can be also. He brings us to a higher level of existence called eternal life which we get from him (1John 5:11-13).

We were not redeemed with what can decay, what can be destroyed, but by the blood of Jesus (1Peter 1:18-21). The only thing that was not in Jesus at his time of resurrection was the blood that drained from him from every imaginable point on his body during his suffering to the point of death (Luke 24:39). Now Jesus does not have blood running in him, but being the blood of God (Acts 20:28), it is eternally active, it serves as an eternal reference to our redemption.

 

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