I have been introduced to the concept of redemption throughout my life. Each time I gain a new understanding of the nuances of that word.
Early on l defined it in terms of merchandising. I learned it meant getting something almost for free! S&H Green Stamps and Blue Chip Stamps taught me that lesson.
My Catholic upbringing emphasized Jesus’ Sacrifice for us. He gave up His Life for us so that we could be freed from sin. He redeemed our sins for our Eternal Life.This has always been a difficult concept for me. I have not been able to reconcile how a loving God, our Eternal Father, could treat His Son this way. If He treated His Son like this, well what about everyone else? What about me?
Redemption is the English translation of the Greek word agorazo, meaning “to purchase in the marketplace.” In ancient times, it referred to the act of buying a slave. Learning this gave me a fuller understanding of the word.
Recently we were shocked by the slayings at Emanuel African Methodist Church in South Carolina. Remembering her grandfather and the others, Wanda Simmons, said it so beautifully as she stood in court addressing the accused, “Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone’s pleas for your soul, is proof that they lived in love and their legacies will live in love. So hate won’t win.” Through the examples shown by the survivors, I have seen redemption in action. Though they mourn, they choose to forgive rather than be enslaved by hate.