Redemption is an amazing thing. Honestly it is something that is a bit hard to wrap our minds around. It isn’t so hard to imagine that God ‘could’ redeem a sinful people…after all he is God. To think though that God would actually ‘want’ to, is a bit hard to imagine. To know that God ‘can’ and’ does’ want to redeem his people, and that God in fact does this very thing, well that deserves a wow.
The fact that God himself took on human flesh, became a man, lived here in our sinful world, spotless and free of sin, only to one day die on a cross…well, yeah. Amazing. Not only that, this God, who became human flesh, Jesus, was raised from the dead. God did all of this, to redeem his people.
Redemption is amazing.
Redemption being so amazing, we are tempted to make everything about redemption. We are tempted to make redemption the pinnacle of creation, the pinnacle of God’s work done through Jesus. But it wasn’t…and we shouldn’t.
The pinnacle of all things…the purpose of all things…is God’s glory. But don’t just take my word for it, hear the Apostle Paul:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
~Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV
Redemption is an amazing thing, it is an amazing gift. The Gospel is full of amazing gifts. But ultimately the gift of redemption, like all of the other gifts are designed for one purpose; that God would be glorified. We must be ever so careful, not to forget this. As we praise God for all of his gifts, let us not forget the ultimate purpose of them. To bring him glory. Let us not just shout for joy because we have been(and are being) saved, but let us shout for joy because our being saved is bringing him glory. Because that is what it’s all about.
Redemption isn’t the main thing, though in many places and in many hearts it seems to be. God is the main thing. His receiving glory from the praises of his saints…That is the main thing. As one of my favorite people in the world would say, “let’s keep the main thing, the main thing.”