Summary: There is a Redeemer that wants to rescue us from bondage and give us a life that is free to live for Him.
I. Illustration: Action Movie Hero (girl is captured, tied up, point of death and in comes the hero to rescue her and save her life!)
II. Scripture passage: Job 19:25--I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
A. This was said by Job during the worst moments of his life. He had lost everything, was physically near death and had friends criticizing him. Yet…he was able to say, “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
B. He used the Hebrew word, “ga-al”—means to rescue, to deliver, to claim, to avenge.” He didn’t say I know my God lives or I know my Master lives. No he specifically said I know my Redeemer lives. He had faith and hope that his rescuer would come to deliver, claim and avenge him.
C. Read scriptures using “redeem”. In the NT the Greek word for redeem is “lytroo” whose root word is “lyo”- means to free, to loose, to untie.
D. Job, David, Isaiah, Titus, and Peter all experienced the redeeming power of our Lord Jesus Christ. They had been freed from sin, loosed from the bondage of the enemy and untied from the ropes that held them captive!
III. Definition: (MW dictionary) 1 : to buy back : REPURCHASE
2 : to free from what distresses or harms
3 : to change for the better
4 : REPAIR, RESTORE
A. What do we try to redeem? A coupon; A voucher; A gift card; ourselves???
B. The coal miners’ stories—Penn. Miners trapped
C. We cannot redeem ourselves-we need a Savior, a living one!
D. Just as the miners needed an outside source to save them, we need The Source to save us. His name is Jesus Christ. Without Him there is no redemption available.
IV. Alfred Ackley knew the Redeemer.
A. “Why should I worship a dead Jew?”
This challenging question was posed by a sincere young Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by the author and composer of this hymn, Alfred H. Ackley.
Mr. Ackley’s answer to this searching question, ultimately prompted the writing of this popular gospel hymn, He Lives.
The composer answered his inquirer: He lives! I tell you, He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.
He Lives (1933)
(1) I serve a risen Savior,
He’s in the world today;
I know that he is living,
whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy,
I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.
(2) He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
he walks with me and talks with me
along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
(3) In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading
through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing
will come at last.
(4) Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
lift up your voice and sing
to Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
so good and kind.