Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Redeemer

"The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem,” says the Lord, "to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins. And this is my covenant with them," says the Lord. "My Spirit will not leave them..." (Isaiah 59:20-21)

"The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem..."
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(AFP/File, Vanderlei Almeida)
  • "For the Child within [Mary] has been conceived with the Holy Spirit. And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus (“God saves”), for He will save His people from their sins" (Matt 1:20-21).
"to buy back those in Israel..."
  • "You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price" (1 Cor 6:19-20).
  • "Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne... And [the saints] sang a new song, saying: '...You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation'" (Rev 5:1-10).
  • "He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins" (Heb 9:15).
"who have turned from their sins."
  • "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
  • "He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him" (1 John 3:5-6).
  • "And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God" (Luke 13:3).
"And this is my covenant with them..."
  • "And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My Blood'" (Luke 22:19-20).
  • "Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance -- now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant" (Heb 9:15).
"My Spirit will not leave them…"
  • "If you love Me, obey My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, Who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, Who leads into all truth" (John 14:15-17).

"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New" -- St. Augustine (354-430)