"Redemption" ... a word one hears often within the realm of Christianity, such as Christ the Redeemer, for example. The definition of "redeem" is enlightening (from Merriam-Webster):
The Seven Redemptive Names of GodIn his redemptive relation to man, Jehovah has seven compound names which reveal Him as meeting every need of man from his lost state to the end. These compound names are:
"the Lord will provide" (Genesis 22:13,14).Jehovah-Rapha
i.e., will provide a sacrifice.
"the Lord that healeth" (Exodus 15:26).Jehovah-Nissi
That this refers to physical healing the context shows, but the deeper healing of soul malady is implied.
"the Lord our banner" (Exodus 17:8-15).Jehovah-Shalom
The name is interpreted by the context. The enemy was Amalek, a type of the flesh, and the conflict that day stands for the conflict of (Galatians 5:17) the war of the Spirit against the flesh. Victory was wholly due to divine help.
"the Lord our peace," or "the Lord send peace" (Judges 6:24).Jehovah-Ra-ah
Almost the whole ministry of Jehovah finds expression and illustration in that chapter. Jehovah hates and judges sin (Genesis 2:1-5). Jehovah loves and saves sinners (Genesis 2:7-18) but only through sacrifice (Genesis 2:19-21). See also: Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14; Colossians 1:20.
"the Lord my shepherd" (Psalm 23.).Jehovah-Tsidkenu
In Psalm 22, Jehovah makes peace by the blood of the cross; in Psalm 23, Jehovah is shepherding His own who are in the world.
"the Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6).Jehovah-Shammah
This name of Jehovah occurs in a prophecy concerning the future restoration and conversion of Israel. Then Israel will hail him as Jehovah-Tsidkenu—"the Lord our righteousness."
"the Lord is present" (Ezekiel 48:35).Taken from the 1917 Scofield Reference Bible Notes
This name signifies Jehovah’s abiding presence with His people (Exodus 33:14,15; 1 Chronicles 16:27,33; Psalm 16:11, 97:5; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
1 a : to buy back : repurchase b : to get or win back3: to change for the better : reform
So, Jesus our Redeemer retrieves us, reforms us, frees us from distress, buys us back, repays, restores, removes us, extricates us, pays our ransom. What beautiful word ... what a beautiful Redeemer. An old hymn comes to mind ... the classic by Samuel Medley -- "I Know That My Redeemer Lives":
|Christ the Redeemer by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)|
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.