Just as we see Scripture talking about God the Father as a worker we can also examine the work of Jesus Christ; God the Son. Although there are probably innumerable different possibilities of distinction in the work of Christ, I have chosen to focus on two large groups for this study: Christ as Redeemer and Christ as Communicator.
Christ the Redeemer:
Throughout the text we see God the Son as the redeemer sometimes we look at redemption in a completely Spiritual way. We talk about the redemption of our souls. This redemption is what eternally reconnects us with God and is a huge, central aspect of our faith. However; there are redemptive and restorative processes in our every day lives. We can be redemptive like Christ even though we have no power to redeem others from there sins. Our ability to redeem is so much smaller that Jesus’ but it still does exist. We can act redemptively. Our work can be redemptive. Let’s look at some of the verses from scripture that show Christ’s redemption. As we do this ask yourself some basic questions. What are the tasks associated with redemption? What character traits and skills does one need to be redemptive? What are the effects of a redeemer? If we think about Christ’s redemptive acts that way we may see how we can work like Him.
Job 19:25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
I include this verse to show that the Redeemer, who is later identified as Jesus Christ, God the Son, was not only a New Testament reality but an Old Testament reality as well. Job is one of the oldest books of the Bible and within it is this idea of a redeemer. This idea gives Job hope and the ability to persevere. The fact that someday, someone will change things, someone will make things right gives Job the ability to keep going. It gives him hope in his desperation. Just the possibility of redemption brings people hope.
Redemption leads to change. There has to be an evaluation aspect to things. The redeemer has to be able to say things are not the way they should be. Then the redeemer needs to be able to see, remember or imagine a better way. A redeemer needs to be able to know what is broken and have a vision of how to fix it. Jobs life was messed up. He need someone to see that. He also needed someone to be able to tell him how things were going to get better.
In your job do you ever have the responsibility to point out things that are not working properly? These can be either physical, informational or social structures. Do you ever have to say “this is broken?” When you do that you are taking the first step toward being redemptive. Then do you ever have the responsibility to propose a way to fix that which is broken? This is the second part of redemption. Seeing what’s wrong and imagining how to fix it. When you do these things you are being redemptive. You are working like God the Son works.
We will continue talking other aspects of redemptive work.