In the fullness of time - at just the right time - Jesus Christ came to purchase we who were under the Law, we who were trying hard to obey it, but were powerless to do so.
He did this, not only by living a perfect life (doing for us what we could never do), but by also offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice (again doing for us what we could never do). You see, the price we were condemned to pay was so great, it requires an eternity’s worth of suffering in order for the penalty for our sin to be fully paid. But because of who Jesus was - God in the flesh - He was able to endure an eternity’s worth of suffering in only a short span of three hours on the cross.
Before he laid down His life, Jesus declared, "It is finished," which meant that he had completed the work He was sent to perform. He had fully paid the price for the sins of the world. Three days after His death on the cross, He was raised from the dead as evidence of the fact that the fact that the penalty for sin had been fully paid and that it was now possible for men and women, boys and girls, to belong to God!
An old story is told about a little boy who placed his new toy sailboat in the water and slowly let out the string. He sat in the warm sunshine, and enjoyed spending time with the little boat he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat.
He tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream. The boy ran along the shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight.
All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, he went home.
A few days later, on the way home from school, the boy spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see - sure enough - it was his! He hurried to the store manager and said, "Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!" "Sorry, son," the manager replied, "If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar."
So the boy ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. "Here’s the money for my boat." As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said, "Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you."
God made us, then lost us to sin. But in Christ, He has redeemed us - He has bought us back. He did this by giving His all, which was enough, to pay the price so that we might belong to Him.
The only difference in the story and our situation is that, unlike the boat, we have a choice to make. The price has been paid for our redemption. The question is, are we willing to accept the new relationship with God made possible because of the price Jesus paid for us?
If we choose to accept what Christ has done for us, then like the boy and his boat, we can have God’s original purpose for making us fulfilled as we live in fellowship with Him. Which brings us to a second truth concerning our redemption.
2. The purpose of redemption - vs. 5-6
Paul identifies a two-fold purpose in Christ paying the price for our sins. He did so in order that . . .