Jamberoo Anglican Church
Over the past week we’ve seen many images of hostages and prisoners being released in Gaza and Israel, and we’ve witnessed great joy as those who were bound up are now set free.
In the midst of this tragic conflict in the Middle East, we can catch a glimpse of what it means to be redeemed and set free by Jesus.
After all, the idea of redemption is one that has always been connected with slavery and captivity, and it speaks of someone paying a price to allow a person to be set free.
The price of the freedom of the hostages in Gaza was the release of Palestinian prisoners and a short cease fire.
Freedom came at a cost… and that purchased redemption from captivity.
So, when we hear about this release from captivity, it should remind us of the redemption by Jesus through his death on the cross.
This is expressed so wonderfully by the Apostle Peter in his first letter:
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.” (1 Peter 1:18-20)
We needed freedom from the empty life that was unable to save us from captivity to sin.
And so Jesus bought that redemption by the most valuable thing in the universe: his own, precious blood.
As we see the tears of relief and joy on the faces of released captives, let us reflect afresh on our own redemption, and the extraordinary cost that made it possible.