“Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.”
Several years ago, I was soul winning with a pastor friend when we came across a gentleman who felt that he was too bad to get saved. I asked him if he knew he would go to Heaven if he were to die. He responded that he was too bad for God to save and that he knew he was going to Hell. I asked him why he felt he was too bad to get saved. He then told me a story of how he had just gotten out of prison for killing his wife and a lover who he found in bed together. He told me that he didn’t think that God could save a murderer. I asked him, “If I can show you that God can save you, will you be willing to receive Christ as your Saviour?” He said he would receive Christ if I could show him, and a few minutes later he got saved.
The story above reminds me of the strength of our Redeemer. The verse above says, “Their Redeemer is strong…” God said that His deliverance of Israel back to their homeland would one day reveal that He is a strong Redeemer. My friend, the same God Who was a strong Redeemer for Israel is still a strong Redeemer today. You ask, how strong is our Redeemer? Let me share with you a few observations about the strength of our Redeemer.
First, His strength is omnipotent. Our Redeemer is the God Who delivered Israel from the hand of Egypt and Who parted the Red Sea. Our Redeemer is the God Who created the heavens and the earth from nothing. Our Redeemer is the God Who breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man. Our Redeemer is the God Who knocked down the walls of Jericho, caused the sun to stand still, shut the mouths of hungry lions, kept the fire from harming his servants, and so much more. You wonder about the strength of our Redeemer? My friend, there is no limit to His ability to redeem.
Second, He is strong enough to purchase us with His blood. It is the blood of Christ that can redeem every person from sin. It doesn’t matter what a person has done; His blood can redeem your soul from sin. It is the blood of Christ that has paid for every sin you have committed. There is no sin that you can commit or have committed for which His blood can’t atone. You may think that you are too bad for God to save you from sin, but His blood is powerful enough to cover any sin that you have committed.
Third, He is strong enough to lift you out of the miry clay of sin. You should be thankful that there is no mess you can get your life into that God can’t pull you out of that mess. Many believers have done some bad things and gotten their lives deep into sin, but whatever sin you seem to be sinking into with no hope is no match for the Redeemer Who can pull you out of the miry clay and set your feet back on the solid rock of life. All you have to do is grab His hand and let Him pull you out.
Fourth, He is strong enough to restore the fallen and use them again. When God calls Himself “Redeemer,” He is saying that He restores them back to usefulness. No matter what you have done, you are useful to God. God not only will pull you out of the miry clay and set your feet on the solid rock, but He will use you again if you will avail yourself to Him. Yes, God is a strong Redeemer, and no matter what your condition is, He can redeem you if you will reach out to Him.