Redeemed


We who are in our thirties or older know how fast time flies. As they say,
“the slide is greased!” With each passing year, we’re increasingly aware of the brevity of life, the challenges of growing older, the pain of losing loved ones, and the wonders we’ve yet to experience.

What’s your advice to those who are still young? King Solomon wrote, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, ‘I have no delight in them.’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

Despite our short time on earth, we possess hope. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24, KJV) In essence, “passing from death to life” starts the moment we trust Jesus to save us. When my friend’s mom, a believer in her late 90s, died this week, the sorrow my friend and her family experienced was mixed with God’s comfort and the incredible hope of reuniting with their loved one.

Between now and that great reunion, we’re reminded to spend the rest of our lives on earth in reverence for Christ, who loved us enough to give his life for us. “You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (I Peter 1:17a-19)

Which reminds me of that great hymn of the faith, “Redeemed,” by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915), sung here by the five kids, known as the DeckerWatson Quintet, inspired by the Martins. (Note: the video starts out dark but gets lighter.)

From October readings for Days 15, 16, and 17
Jeremiah 39-43, 44-46, and 47-48
Ecclesiastes 12, Song of Solomon 1, and 2
John 5:1-15, 5:16-30, and 5:31-47
I Peter 1:17-25, 2:1-8, and 2:9-17

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