And coming up at that very hour [Anna] began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:38
The idea of redemption is peppered liberally throughout the Bible. A redeemer was a male relative who was obliged to come to the help or rescue of one who was in trouble, danger or in need of vindication.
Because the human race has been mired in the ‘slough of despond’ since the fall in the Garden of Eden, we have been in desperate need of rescue.
Jesus was born a baby into the human race and is thereby related to us. He, as our kinsman, has the means by which he can rescue us: his perfect body and sinless life.
Anna spoke of the baby Jesus to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul said of Jesus Christ: ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…’ (1:7)
And Job said, ‘For I know that my Redeemer lives and at the last he will stand upon the earth.’ (19:25)
My Redeemer lives Nicole C Mullen