Revelation 4:8-10 … the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, … And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

It is hard to believe that today is the first Sunday of December 2017. Our theme for this year’s Christmas series is, “God, Our Glorious Redeemer.” Oh how I love that name, Redeemer! That name has so many shades of color to it. It is a word that basically means to buy or deliver something or someone out of slavery or bondage. It is a word that was used in the book of Ruth to describe how Boaz (a type of Jesus Christ) redeemed Ruth, a Gentile woman (a type of the church), becoming her goel, or kinsman-redeemer. As we work our way through this series this year, it would benefit you personally to take the time to look up all of the passages of Scripture that mention the word Redeemer or redeem, for therein The Holy Spirit will reveal to you a beautiful portrait of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Being The Lord’s Supper morning, we begin our series by coming to the communion table where we are reminded by the bread and the cup of the sacrifice that Jesus paid to redeem us from the debt of sin, the slavery to sin, and ultimately, from the very presence of sin. Prayerfully consider inviting people that you have been sharing Jesus with to one of the Sunday services, for faith (saving faith) comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. May God’s Spirit open our hearts and our eyes to see more clearly the glory and majesty of God, our Glorious Redeemer like never before.