The Promised Redeemer
To redeem something is to buy it back or recover it by paying the required price. Man needed something redeemed. He had lost holy spirit—which is life, eternal life. The price required to recover this loss would be life—the life of the redeemer. At the time of man’s need, God promised a redeemer who would pay that required price. The Scriptures are the record of God’s promise and His plan to redeem man. A wonderful woman—Mary—believed God and believed His promise to redeem man. God sent His angel to tell Mary she would bear His son, man’s redeemer.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; And the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, The Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, And shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Highest: And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; And of his kingdom there shall be no end. LUKE 1
In this message, Gabriel tells Mary that “the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.”
Gabriel is referring here to the promise that God had made to their ancestor, David.
Thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: Thy throne shall be established for ever.
II SAMUEL 7
This promise became part of the plan to redeem man. Psalm 89 refers to this promise.
I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
God promised David that his house and his kingdom would be established forever. Gabriel’s message revealed that this would be fulfilled in Mary’s son, to be named Jesus.
This is just one of many promises and prophecies in the Scriptures that declare God’s plan and the man of the plan, Jesus Christ, man’s redeemer.
In the early days of his public ministry, Jesus Christ went to his home town of Nazareth and on the Sabbath day went into the synagogue. He stood up to read and asked for the scroll of Isaiah. Although there were no markings for chapter or verse, he promptly found the place he wanted to read. (You can find it in Isaiah 61.)
The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me To preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, To preach deliverance to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
He knew that the Scriptures declared him, the one anointed to redeem man.
He read Isaiah’s remarkable prophecy of the work to be done by the redeemer.
And he closed the scroll, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Not long after Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, eleven of his apostles were gathered together. As two men were recounting to them a conversation that they had just had on the road to Emmaus with Jesus Christ— he showed up right there!
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, And saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Because they couldn’t believe it was truly him, he showed them his hands and his feet— marked with scars of the crucifixion.
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.
Of all the things he could then have talked about, he chose to remind them of the written record of the Scriptures regarding the redeemer and the required price of man’s redemption.
And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.