Read:

  • Matthew 3:13-17
  • Mark 1:9-11
  • Luke 3:21-22
  • John 1:29-34
  • Luke 3:23-28
  • Matthew 4:1-11
  • Mark 1:12-13
  • Luke 4:1-13

We do not have a high priest Who does not know our sufferings. Jesus came and lived the life of a man. He was hungry, He was tempted, and He overcame. His love for us so great that He would humble Himself in this way to be our redemption. I looked up “redeem” in the dictionary and found this as one of the definitions:

“to free from what distresses or harms; to free from captivity by payment of ransom; to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental; to release from blame or debt :  clear; to free from the consequences of sin” –merriam-webster.com

The redemption Jesus offers is more than a get out of jail free card. Yes, we get heaven in return for believing, and for some, that is enough motivation. But we get so much more. It is one thing to sit in a room and get advice from someone who has never lived what you are living. They haven’t felt the feelings, haven’t struggled with the publicity, and/or haven’t experienced the level of endurance needed for a particular issue. It is something whole-heartedly different to sit in a room with someone who has quite literally been exactly where you have been. Jesus has been exactly where you have been. Starving, tempted, rejected by His own family, losing friends to death, abandoned by His friends, completely misunderstood by those who could make His crucifixion not happen. And He continued on this path so that He could be your Redeemer. You can trust His word, for He has lived this human life. He is not a God who does not know our needs. He is a God who lived our needs, destroyed death to be our Savior, and now sends the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to aid us. Live redeemed, for your Redeemer has come.

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