“Christ the Redeemer” by sculptor Paul Landowski in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
photo credit: Leo Neumamm

by Tammy Phillips
May 27, 2021

“The Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the LORD. (Isa 59:20 NKJV)

Thank God, when there was no way out, He made a way.  When we are in impossible situations, it is no surprise to God.   Jesus says, “but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) He lifted a standard made an escape in Jesus, our Redeemer.  When we are caught in the grips of sin, Jesus is our  answer.  When we are in desperate situations and cannot see our way to the other side, the Lord paid for our escape with the blood of Jesus.

In Israel, “goel ,“ kinsman-redeemer, was do the part of next of kin.  He had certain responsibilities:

  • Pay the ransom of a fellow Israelite to set him free from the bonds of slavery (Leviticus 25:48).
  • Avenge the blood of a murdered family member (Numbers 35:19).
  • Buy back relatives’ property that had been given up. (Leviticus 25:25).
  • Carry on the family name by marrying a widow who did not have a child (Deuteronomy 25:5-10).

The “goel,” the kinsman-redeemer, was responsible for preserving and protecting his people, their property, and the future generations of the family.  Jesus did this for us.  He purchased us out of the bonds and hold of sin. He avenges wrongs done to us. He protects our inheritance. He blesses our descendants.

Who does the Redeemer come to?  Isaiah 59:20 says that He comes to those who “to those who turn from transgression?”   He comes to those who repent from rebelling in the way of the Lord.  It is simple.  He comes to those who turn from the slave master to the Redeemer, who turn from wrong to right, who turn from hate to love, who turn from a lie to the truth, and who turn from the destroyer to the Savior. 

I enCOURAGE you to turn to the Lord.  Turn to Him in life and every situation in life.  He is our Redeemer, Avenger, Deliverer and Savior.  He stepped from heaven and bought us back from lack, sickness, sin, and death with His own blood.  He made away when there was no way.   In Him…we are whole, healed complete and free.  To God be the gory for sending us Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer.

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