“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.” Luke 1:68-70 NLT
In the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist’s father Zechariah prophesied about the Savior that was coming to set the people of Israel free. God had been silent for some time and the Jews were getting anxious. The Roman rule that oppressed them was weighing them down. They sought their Messiah and were looking for Him to come deliver them from the hands of their oppressors. It should be noted that the way we think things should go is rarely the way God permits it to take place. It was the same with the Jewish people. They were looking for a warrior King; God sent a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. The Jews were looking for a triumphant entrance with sword drawn; God had Him born in an animal stall in a barn. It seemed as though the Lord did things just the opposite of the way the Jews imagined it would take place. The prophet Isaiah reveals a bit of God’s way in Isaiah 55:8 when the Lord says thru the prophet …
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
God made a promise to His people long ago, as chronicled in the Old Testament. He said He would redeem His people from their sins. To redeem is “to recover ownership of by paying a specified sum”.1 God’s people were not redeemed without a cost. The Mosaic Law required a blood sacrifice to atone or pay for one’s sin(s). The death of Jesus Christ satisfied the requirement of the Law and ushered in a period of undeserved favor from God toward His children, referred to as the period or dispensation* of God’s grace.
God knew what He was doing then and He knows what He’s doing now. Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15). He is redeeming those who seek redemption every day and one day will redeem the remnant of His chosen people, Israel. Blessed is the name of the Lord for His wonderful plan of redemption for sinful man. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
*“a divinely appointed age or period of time.”
Resources: The Reformation Study Bible; Published by Ligonier Ministries (Author), General Editor: R. C. Sproul (Author).