the Triune Redeemer Part 3
A Note of Explanation
Just a note to clarify my decisions here on this hub. I have discovered that a hub of this length is very cumbersom to read. Therfore i am breaking it up into three parts. Introduction, the meaning of redeemer and the redeemer in the beginning in part 1. The Redeemer in the Old Testament in part 2, and the Redeemer in the New testament and the conclusion in Part 3. I hope this will make for more lesiurely reading. blessings to you all, Ulrike Grace
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
The Angel Gabriel came to Mary
The Redeemer: in the New Testament
The announcement of the long awaited Redeemer of the world came at last. It came to an insignificant city in Israel, Nazareth; to a non-descript common girl named Mary. She was by herself and had no witnesses to prove the angel of God had come to her (Lk. 1 26-38). Yet when Mary went to Elizabeth, her cousin, she was able to speak with confidence, “He (God) has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever (Lk. 1:55).” Mary knew, not in detail, but in essence that finally the Triune Redeemer was about to come to the earth. Not as man had expected Him but as Isaiah foretold He would come. “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor (God the Holy Spirit ), Mighty God (Triune God ), Everlasting Father (God the Father ), Prince of Peace (God the Son ) (Isa. 9:6).” Three in One, manifested into the One Redeemer for the salvation of all humankind.
Even the doubt riddled Zechariah had his faith increased as he waited for the birth of the forerunner of the Redeemer; his son, John. It was he who came to be known as the Baptist. Zechariah prophesied to all who would listen, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people (Lk 1:68).”
Moreover, in the Gospel of Luke, one sees again the Triune God taking action through God the Son to redeem people in a way man could have never imagined or supposed. God the Father orchestrated, through the power of God the Holy Spirit, the crucifixion of God the Son.
After the glorious resurrection of Jesus, two of His disciples were going to a village called Emmaus discussing the death and the, yet unproved, resurrection of Jesus. As the LORD walked along with them He questioned them as to what they were discussing. They made this revealing comment, “We had hoped He (Jesus) was the one who was going to redeem Israel (Lk 24:21).” After all that had happened they could not yet believe the way things had turned out; their hope dead on a Roman cross. They had, as yet, no comprehension of the power and sovereignty of their Triune God. However, the same two men, after only having shared thanks with the one whom they had considered an ordinary man, hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples their Redeemer and Hope lived!
From there the news spread down through the ages. Continuously increasing its sphere till at last all the world will know that, “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own (Tit 2:11, 13, 14).”
The Alpha and Omega
Repeatedly God had declared to His people that He is their True Triune God who has upheld them and helped them (Isa. 41. 13). God declared, “Do not fear, I will help you.” He disclosed a fact, essential to people everywhere, so they may breathe easier… “Your Redeemer is…the Holy One of Israel (Isa. 41.13-14)” The Holy One, the Everlasting Creator, The Triune God of the Universe is Himself the Redeemer! He is not sending an earthly man…or a lower standard of a god but He, Himself, is the Redeeming Savior. In Isaiah 43:14, God declared, “Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel…I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Not a helpless useless idol, a stronger nation or any other god, but the Almighty Triune God, is the Eternal Redeemer of all who would turn to Him for salvation… We come to some final Words from the Revelation,
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. The grace of the LORD Jesus be with God's people. Amen (Rev. 22:12-17).”