What is Redemption?

What is Redemption?  It's a word that is heard so often, do we really know what it means?  Once a year, I renew my Norton Internet Security subscription.  I have found I have to have it to protect my computers.  Why? well, case in point - a few weeks ago, my computer had a Trojan Worm attack, and in the fray of panic, I accidentally clicked the DO NOT REMOVE button when asked by my Norton program.

 

Complete. Restored. Redeemed. Forgiven. Washed. Clean. White as Snow. Deserving?  No.That cost me about 10 hours of my time - or more - just trying to re-format and reinstall all my programs, and somehow recover valuable files and photos on that PC.

Lesson #1:  We need protection from our enemies.

 

So I keep Norton activated.  And I try to find coupon codes on the Web which can give me a discount of $10 - $15 off that yearly renewal fee.  Once I find a coupon, I write down the code. Then I go to the Norton purchase site and make the purchase.  There is a place to enter the Coupon Code.  Then, voila' !!!!!   My purchase price is instantly reduced by that $10. I save money. I have more money in my pocket now, YAY !!!! 

 Lesson #2:  It pays to redeem coupon codes.

 

What did I have to do to get that extra $10?  I went through the task of redemption - which means, according to TheFreeDictionery.com: 

re·demp·tion n.

1. The act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed.
2. Recovery of something pawned or mortgaged.
3. The payment of an obligation, as a government's payment of the value of its bonds.
4. Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue.
5. Christianity Salvation from sin through Jesus's sacrifice.

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In the case of my Norton purchase, i guess I #1 above matches it best. - and if you look at the root word - "redeem", check this out:

re·deem v. re·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems

1. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.
2. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
3. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
4. To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
5. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
6. To set free; rescue or ransom.
7. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.
8. To make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
9. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
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So check this out - I have several employees that work for me.  I was convinced these last few days that one of them was scamming their timesheets - claiming time that they did not actually work.  So I took a few hours to gather what I thought was 100% infallible evidence. I submitted it to the employee and asked them to please prove me wrong.   They did!  I had forgetten several tasks I had given them that were overlooked and missed by me!  If that person had not challenged me, they would have lost their job.    
Lesson#3:  The supervisor has the power to hire and to fire.
So..... after realizing I was wrong - I profusely apologized and asked for forgiveness for my errors. I also said please let us continue and please continue working for me and do not quit (which they said they felt like doing).
Lesson #4:  The supervisor has the power to re-instate and restore to good standing.
Now, today, during my regular Bible reading, it's time to read Isaiah 1.  Wow!   It starts out that the Lord, (the Supervisor) is very angry with the wickedness of His people (the employees).  He wants to fire them. He even says "I can't stand to look at their false acts of piety".  Well that is how I felt when I thought the employee was scamming me. Man, can I relate now to how the Lord feels with us.   But - Look what the Lord did.... in Isaiah 1: 18-20, the Lord says:
"Come Let us argue this out.  No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it" (This is like the supervisor saying - "Hey dude, argue with me and prove me wrong, and I can restore you back to good standing in this company.")
The Bible continues...."I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow" (northerners know what that is like... how when the snow melts, there's all kinds of debris on the ground from the long winter - esp. if you have a large dog.... but let it snow again and a very clean covering now makes the whole yard look very pure. Hahahahah)
The Bible continues.... "Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool." (Please note that crimson was a very dark red dye that could not be washed out - it was PERMANENT.)
Bible: But! But.... "If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. But if you keep turning aay and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies.     I, THE LORD, HAVE SPOKEN."
(Again, the supervisor is asking that the employees just follow the rules, and let the supervisor help them... then all will be well.  He is even asking and warning - please do not rebel, do not break the rules, and please don't hang up on me, or walk out - thus REFUSING TO LISTEN.... "
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Now, let's apply this scripture to the story of the employee who was nearly canned on the suspicion of lying. 
The employee had the choice - to respond and argue with respect and patience - or to walk out and never look back... perhaps standing on a rock of pride - "I was insulted for something I never did!"
It's like now the employee holds a coupon code in their hands.   He may think to himself, "Shall I toss the coupon code, or take the time and effort to try to redeem it?  Hmmmmmmmm what shall I do?"
So in this case, the employee did argue, asking forgiveness on the basis of fact - reminding the supervisor of why they should not be fired. And the supervisor responded by granting 100% restoration.  That employee was completely REDEEMED.
How about that?
Lesson #5:  It pays to seek redemption (forgiveness and restoration).  Even the reward can be VERY HIGH.
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Now hear this, please.  The Great Supervisor, Himself - IS - THE MOST HIGH GOD - The one and only TRUE God.  HE HAS ALL POWER to grant REDEMPTION.  Not only that - but your Great and Highest Supervisor - He is also "Merciful" - FULL OF MERCY.  In fact, his cup runneth over with Mercy!  In other words, you could really be scamming Him, and He being God - will probably respond to your efforts to gain A PARDON - OR REDEMPTION - WITH FULL RESTORATION. 
He will then POUR OUT HIS OIL OF LOVE ALL OVER YOU. 
Have you ever seen oil soak a cloth?  Can you wash it out very well?  does it dry up if left out to dry? NO.
Do you need this kind of RESTORATION?  Do you need this kind of Restoration? Go to Him - and He will Grant It. Have you ever done anything wrong or in secret, that if your supervisor found out - you might get fired... but you hope to slip it past them?  HA...!  In truth - I have.  Everytime I take a personal call on the timeclock - but the supervisor seems to be out of the office, so I linger and talk long. Everytime that happens, I have sinned against my supervisor and there are clear grounds to be fired. 
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Lesson #6:   Ask for forgiveness from the Great Supervisor.... and HE WILL RESTORE YOU - AND MAKE YOU LIKE a pure prince or princess in His kingdom - standing beside His throne - passing out justice and blessings.... 
Wow. the Power of Redemption. YES. 
Complete. Restored. Redeemed. Forgiven. Washed.  Clean. White as Snow.  Deserving?  No. 
Complete. Restored. Redeemed. Forgiven. Washed. Clean. White as Snow. Deserving?  No.
p.s. here are some songs that seem to fit - you can use them to pray or to worship - but the words are a reminder that His Grace is Enough - and that we need him.... yes.
Trading My Sorrows (redeeming the coupon code):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvTg2WFTHyE  
Complete (that's we need... seeking completion....):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnRQRaLsm24