Question 20: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

One who is truly human and also truly God.

When I read this question, my thoughts are pulled to the stories of adventure and heroism that we all love. Whether it’s Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, or The Avengers, the stories that tug at our hearts and capture our attention usually revolve around ordinary people sacrificing everything so that evil can be defeated, good can prevail, and people can have life. I believe that we love those stories because they capture something of the Story, the Story that is being told in our everyday lives, and has been told from the beginning of time.

Most of us know this story well, but I think the sheer genius of it can get lost in the familiarity. We forget that before Christ came, no one expected God himself to come to earth as a human. When he came and lived in 1st century Israel, most people, even those closest to him, had trouble believing that he was God with skin on. The Apostle Paul refers to God’s plan to come to rescue us in Jesus as a mystery (Eph. 1:9, Col 1:27), a secret plan that he was waiting to reveal and that he implemented at just the right time.

The Scriptures also lead us to believe that though Satan knew that Jesus was God, even he did not understand the fullness of the plan that God had formulated. In the crucifixion, the very act that appears to be the Enemy’s victory over Christ, God pulls the biggest reversal of all time and uses the death blow dealt against him as the very means to save humanity. What a move! What glory! What a magnificent plan to defeat evil, uphold justice, and rescue us all from the death that we deserve. And no one could have accomplished this except Jesus, the Messiah, fully God and fully man.

Friends, this is the mystery of our faith, this is the glory of God, this is our hope, and our life, and our freedom. This is the Story that satisfies the deep longings of our soul. This is our Redeemer. Hallelujah!

“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”  – Eph. 1:7-10, the Message

Sutton Wirt