Redemption is a major thread that weaves its way through the scriptures. The picture of redemption culminates in the arrival of Jesus who will offer himself as a sacrifice to redeem us from our sins. In speaking of Christ, the apostle Paul says, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins” (Colossians 1:14). But what does this exactly look like? Please consider that redemption is something that God had set forward as a hope for Israel and a hope to the world. In speaking about the prophetess Anna before the birth of Christ, listen to what the scripture says about her:
She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:37–38 ESV)
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