“God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of His Son, whom He loves. His Son paid the price to free us” – Colossians 1:13-14 (God’s Word Translation)
I like this translation of the Bible. It was published in 1995 and I’ve only recently come across it. Sometimes reading a more modern translation than I’m used to helps me take it in, and makes it feel fresher. I enjoyed reading the chapter today, and especially these 2 verses. I love how they explain the word ‘Redemption’: “His Son paid the price to free us”. Will you use your imagination for a minute? Come and stand with me at the counter.
Jesus said everyone who sins is a slave to sin (John 8:34), so let’s think of our wrongdoing as a slave-master, who’s bought us as his slave and has power over us. The only way we can get free is if somebody buys us back, but no one can break his power unless they’ve done nothing wrong. There is only One who’s lived a perfect life and is able to break that power. When Jesus rose from the dead, death had no power over Him, and because He was free, He could buy our freedom too. It’s as if, when He came out of the tomb, Jesus was given vouchers with all our names on. When someone puts their trust in Him, Jesus can go to the counter, hand their voucher to the slave-master and say: “I’d like to redeem that person”, and the slave-master gives them to Jesus – the One who bought them on the cross.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life” – Romans 6:23. We deserve only death for the things we’ve done wrong, but Jesus offers us the opposite – totally undeserved, totally motivated by love. Thanks to Jesus, death need have no power over us. Aren’t you glad?