For Americans, September 11 is a day that will live in infamy along with December 7, 1941. On both days America was attacked by another nation, resulting in massive destruction and loss of life. On December 7 Japan’s military struck America’s military at Pearl Harbor, leaving 2,402 Americans dead and 1,282 wounded. On September 11 Muslim extremists (al-Qaeda terrorists) struck American civilians, causing nearly 3,000 deaths and over 6,000 injuries.
While neither date has become a national holiday, both are observed with flag-flying and local ceremonies “lest we forget.” However, September 11 has been given significance beyond commemoration—it has become a Day of Service. A nonprofit organization called MyGoodDeed led the successful effort to designate 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, formally authorized in 2009 under federal law approved by Congress. Thus, the infamous date has been redeemed from terror and loss to become a day for volunteering in our communities.
Redemption means to “buy something back,” giving it new meaning and destiny. In past history, it meant that a slave could be paid for and then set free, given new purpose in life.
With redemption defined as delivering and re-purposing something destined for ill into something valuable and good, it is worthwhile to study biblical instances of Redemption. See the list to discover that biblical redemption delivers from slavery, death, poverty, sin, Satan, the curse of the Law, and from physical corruption.
Those who have accepted Christ’s redemption by faith can exclaim with Job:
“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!”
(Job 19:25-27 NKJV)
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