“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
— Jesus (Luke 4:18-19)

 

God created you on purpose, with purpose, for a purpose, and to have an abundant life (John 10:10).

You were never supposed to live in chains like a prisoner to guilt, shame, addiction, anxiety, depression, sin, or anything else that enslaves you. 

All the pain and struggles we experience are a result of the Adam and Eve’s original act of disobedience in Genesis 3. Now, we are all born sinners (Romans 5:12). And the punishment of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We suffer both eternal death in Hell, and living life as though we were dead, surviving without the power and freedom that comes with a relationship with Jesus.

Without Jesus we are all slaves to sin. But with Jesus we are redeemed from bondage. Redeeming a slave means paying the price for their freedom — and that is exactly what Jesus did for us. 

The religious leaders were arguing with Jesus about whether they were slaves. “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’” (John 8:34-36).

Jesus offers us freedom. He loves us so much He paid the price to redeem us. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18).

Salvation is God's free gift to us. After telling us that “the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23 continues, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Jesus redeems us. We just have to believe it and declare Him our Lord. "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9).

If you believe that Jesus is Lord and that He died on the cross for your sins, and that God raised Him from the dead, and you want to have a relationship with Him, tell Him that.
There’s no magic prayer, or special words to say. Simply tell Him from your heart that you know you are sinner, you believe that He paid for your sins on the cross and that God raised Him from the dead. Tell Him that you are sorry for sinning, and that you want Him to be the Lord of your life.

Did You Just start a relationship with Jesus?

"Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave does a great job of showing what it means to be redeemed and live in freedom. In this video, Mike Weaver also shares his story of God's redemption. 

But What Does it Mean to be Redeemed For More?

Jesus didn't just redeem us, so we can go to Heaven when we die. Jesus redeemed us so we can live!

  • Jesus promises us an abundant life if we follow Him (John 10:10). 
  • We are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • We are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1).
  • We are children and heirs of God (Galatians 3:26 - Galatians 4:7).
  • Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • We are more than conquerors through Jesus (Romans 8:31-39).
  • We are called to tell others about our Redeemer so that they may also be redeemed (Matthew 28:17).