In the course of a few hours, not long ago, I had a conversation with two different fathers. Their stories were drastically different.
The first father was on top of the world. His son had just been accepted into a much sought after and highly selective graduate program. This had been an opportunity that his son had set his sights on for years, and dad had sacrificed to get help him get positioned for the opportunity. The joy was flowing over out of this dad.
The second father’s experience was far different. His son, also much loved, and developed a serious problem with drug addiction. This had taken hold of the son’s life to the extent that he was willing to sacrifice anything for the next hit of drugs. The son had stolen the father’s money and tools, and dad thought he had placed everything remaining under lock and key. One day he realized that he had overlooked some property and it was gone. He went to the pawn shop where his son had taken previous items, and all of the property was there. The father had to buy back (redeem) his own tools.
Imagine what it would feel like to need to buy back your own property. That’s exactly the type of redemption that takes place when our Heavenly Father buys us back from sin. He already owns us as his creation, but he buys us back through Christ as his children. Jesus went through torturous execution and utter separation from his Father to buy us back from sin. Thank God he paid that price and we are redeemed. Colossians 1:13-14 says:
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.