Ruth 2:20 “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in- law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.
What glad tidings for the undeserving ,hearing these words from the great book ,falling into our hearts .It feels wonderful to hear that we have been redeemed by our kinsman redeemer .
Imagine this ,for you were in debt all your life and there was nothing you could have done to redeem yourself .You have been humiliated ,insulted and ridiculed by your debtors .You lived like a servant ,and served like a slave ,then when all hope was lost ,your kinsman redeemer came to your rescue .
Did it ever strike you ,that you ,brothers in the lord ,were redeemed from slavery ?Did it ever occur to you that you could not redeem yourself so someone had to redeem you ? Somebody had to pay the price!! For we were once slaves to sin ,gratifying the desires of the flesh and having no good in our hearts .
we were deprived in sin so much that everything we did was sin ,even the ” good deeds ” ,by God’s estimation,was filthy .There was no way we could have received total freedom from our sins.There was no way we could have saved ourselves from slavery ,if Jesus ,our kinsman redeemer didn’t intervene .
Do permit me to say this very plainly:
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.(2 Corinthians 5:21).
Isn’t this wonderful ?That’s just the reason why Jesus is our kinsman redeemer .
A redeemer is someone who redeems or buys back. To redeem means to recover possession or ownership of ,by payment of a price or service.
Having said this , A Kinsman-redeemer was a title given to a close influential relative to whom members of the extended family could turn to for help. Usually,when the family line or possessions were in danger of being lost. He was resonsible for buying back the family land sold during crises.Buying back enslaved relatives,providing an heir for a dead brother.Avenging the death of a relative,finally caring for relatives in different circumstances.
In those times he was a very influential and important personality in the family.Per definition , the roles of the Kinsman-redeemer is similar to that of Jesus Christ .As Christians ,Jesus is our Kinsman-redeemer . We were redeemed by His blood that purchased us from the claws of of the devil and sin .He bought us with a price and in him we have eternal life (John3:16 ), physical healing(Math 8:17 ),we enjoy financial provision(psalm 23:15) and finally we are safe (psalm 91:11-12) .
As christians these are a few of the numerous benefits we get from our kinsman-redeemer.For those of you who do not know him,this is your time!!! He is waiting on you to accept him,don’t turn down this offer ,for your redeemer lives!!!