And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. Isaiah 59:20
This verse from the prophet Isaiah refers to the coming Messiah, who will serve as a Redeemer for God’s people.
In the Old Testament, God is often referred to by this name. A kinsman redeemer in ancient Israel was a blood relative who assumed responsibility for members of his clan who were in trouble. For example, the redeemer would buy back the property of a family member who had lost it through indebtedness. Or he would purchase the freedom of an impoverished relative who had been forced to sell himself into slavery.
But Isaiah’s prophecy looked toward the coming of a Redeemer of a different type. Jesus Christ the Redeemer would free God’s people from their bondage to sin and death. He would do so by dying on the cross for our benefit. The purchase price that He would pay for our salvation was none other than His own precious blood.
The patriarch Job, like Isaiah, also received a glimpse of this Redeemer of the future. Out of his suffering and despair he declared, “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
What Isaiah and Job only hoped for has now come to pass. We can rejoice with the apostle John because “the blood of Jesus Christ [God’s] Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).