To be released— like a slave bought to be set free.
Something? Someone? Everything? Everyone?
However all-encompassing, narrow, or personal our thoughts, the Scriptures speak of redemption in earthshakingly, cosmic, and personal terms.
Who or what doesn’t need to be released from bondage in the grand scheme of redemption that has been set in motion by Jesus’s willingness to groan and die as a consequence of our ridiculously bizarre understanding of ourselves, our God, and our experiences.
What lie, betrayal, terribly mistaken idea, opinion, or belief doesn’t need to be redeemed from the insanity of the rebellion that is in the process of ruining everyone and everything?
Imagine the surprise of discovering that, in coming to our rescue, our God is in the process of redeeming (a) our confused understanding of him, (b) our misinterpretations of the Scriptures, (c) our unloving thoughts of those we fear, and (d) the hopelessness that inevitably seeps and creeps into every dark corner of our thoughts and lives.
In trying to imagine the wonder of our redemption, is it possible to exaggerate the importance of what has already happened— and the scope of the rescue that will eventually unfold before our own eyes—in Christ? (Romans 8:18-25)