Christ the Redeemer

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30

Christ the Redeemer is a statue that was built between 1922 and 1931 which overlooks Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is considered to be the symbol of Brazilian Christianity, an icon of the city and frankly a popular tourist spot.

But Christ the Redeemer is far more important than a mere statue. As one of the names of Christ, the Redeemer speaks to the very work of Jesus; His birth and time on earth and ultimately His death on the cross and resurrection, all of which is the atoning sacrifice which pays for our sins if we believe on Him.

We know there is a direct connection between the fall and the coming of the Messiah. The whole reason we celebrate Christmas is the birth of the Savior, a work that was fulfilled in the death burial and resurrection of Christ.

Consider this. God is never surprised. With Adam’s sin, the need for redemption arose, but God knew about that need before He even created the Earth. So the name of Christ, “the Redeemer,” was who he was from eternity. “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1 Peter 1:20) Christ didn’t become the Redeemer, He was always that… from before the dawn of time. Before Eve bit the apple. And especially before His incarnation.

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