Miraculous Redeemer

Aug 28, 2022    Ron Barnard

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Jesus knows what you’re looking for even when you don’t.

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”John 20:26-29 NIV

Impossible is one of Jesus’s favorite places to do redemptive work!

Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people, blind, lame, or paralyzed, lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to be made whole?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! John 5:2-9 NLT

Even if you’ve give up on redemption as an option, Jesus hasn’t given up on you.

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them stay to condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 NLT

The key to a redemptive breakthrough is a personal encounter with the redeemer.

Jesus came with redemption for the famous and the forgotten, for every need and everyone.

Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:11-15 NLT

Nothing and no one is too far gone for God or beyond the reach of our redeemer.

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! Acts 3:6-10 NLT

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