country living

Years ago a famous evangelist was on his way to preach on a Lord’s Day morning when a young man drove up to the church in front of him in his buggy. The young man had an aged woman with him. The evangelist asked, “Who is this with you young man?” He replied, “Do you see that beautiful meadow, and that land there with the house upon it?” “Yes!” “My father drank that all up.” The young man told about his father who was a drunkard who squandered their property, died and left his wife in the poorhouse. The young man was taking that lady, his mother, to church. He had toiled hard and earned money to buy back the land; he had just taken his mother out of the poorhouse and was taking her to God’s house before returning her to their former home. This is what God’s Son did for His people.

The first Adam failed the people he represented and brought them into spiritual poverty – “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Hell was their destination due to the wages of their sin. The second Adam, the Lord Jesus, redeemed His people from their sins – “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus also bought them out of spiritual poverty and paid in full the wages of their sin – “For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many” (Rom. 5:15).  “So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:21). Then the Lord Jesus left to prepare a place for the redeemed in heaven.

In heaven we will sing of our redemption from the bondage of sin and death – “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Rev. 5:9, 12-13).

– H. Rondel Rumburg, Redemption and Forgiveness: Two Spiritual Blessings in Christ.