In my daily life, I find myself trying to redeem myself. I might redeem my debts by paying back friends who bought me a meal or used gas when we carpooled. I may have been playing basketball and made a bad play, so in order to redeem myself, I worked extra hard to make a big play on the next possession. In all these times, my ability to redeem myself was dependent on proportionality. I paid back what my meal cost in full to my friend, or I scored points in the basketball game that was equal to the ones I let the opponents score. Dollar for dollar and point for point.

But in what proportion would we need to pay back in order to redeem ourselves with God? What can I possibly do to make myself right with an all-holy God, who has created me, when I have sinned against God? The scriptures tell us we cannot possibly redeem ourselves.

Yet our debt to God has been paid in full. God’s Son took human form to live, die, and resurrect. The check has cleared; we are redeemed. By this grace we have been saved. Thanks be to God.

Father in heaven, we thank You for your boundless love and grace. Your Son paid a debt we could not pay. Through Your Holy Spirit, lead us to love the way you have loved us. In Your Name we pray, amen.

Sam Lanzer, LCM Student Intern

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.

-Ephesians 1:7