Scripture for Today: I Peter 1:18-19 For you know that is was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect.”
The concept of pawnbroking has long been a part of both Eastern and Western cultures. In China it has been practiced as far back as 3000 years ago. In the West, pawnbroking was part of both the Ancient Greek and Roman Empires. The idea is simple. One gives a pawnbroker something of value as collateral for a loan of money. When within a certain contractual period of time one repays the loan with interest, that collateral can be redeemed. Of course, if the loan is not repaid, the pawnbroker is free to sell the item.
In our verse for today, people are redeemed. We were meant to belong to our Creator in close relationship with Him. But because of our sin, we wandered into the enemy camp. We needed to be rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of His Son (Col. 1:13). We were trapped in an empty way of life.
How amazing that God thought I was valuable enough to redeem! Because of His love for me, He paid with what was most precious to Him. The price He paid for my redemption was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of His Son! Christ’s perfect sacrifice for my sin paid the debt I owed. He paid it in full. There is no nothing left to pay. I am completely His and can enjoy His love forever!
How grateful I am to be redeemed! How I love to proclaim it, because it means He loves me!