I have had the joy of re-connecting with numerous old friends and acquaintances via facebook on the Internet. One group of folks who I have delighted in communicating through this network would be my friends from Hewitt-Trussville High School. The following verse and message is dedicated to all of my friends who graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School ……..especially my friends who took the Roby Challenge!
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He will stand upon the earth at last!
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Following this past Christmas and New Year, I visited Micah and Jennifer Christy to catch up and enjoy Jen’s famous home-made Louisiana gumbo. I noticed a note on the counter with the return address of a particular intimidating English teacher I had during my senior year at Hewitt-Trussville High School. Her name — Wilma Roby.
If there is one teacher I had throughout my school years that got my attention, it was the famous (some would consider infamous) Wilma Roby. Evidentally, Micah (who graduated a year prior to me) had the privilege of having Mrs. Roby as a part of his past experience in high school as well, and he had continued to correspond with her. As most of you can predict, I couldn’t resist sending Mrs. Roby a note after obtaining her address from the note on the counter at Micah and Jen’s. It was a treat to communicate with my favorite teacher of all time…and she responded!
(For those of you who are curious, Mrs. Roby retired 18 years ago…)
The “Wrath of Wilma” was the reputation that permeated the halls throughout the school’s history! Nonetheless, quite a few students desired to take her Advanced Academic English class because, there was a particular claim one would have if he survived her class successfully to graduation.
If Mrs. Roby called on me in class and I failed to answer her questions correctly….. it was a bad day. However, my spirit would perk up when she would face me with one eyebrow raised combined with her sinister smile to challenge me, “Are you ready to redeem yourself Miss Mullins?” Knees knocking, words stammering, the favor of God was on me when I responded to her satisfaction. What a relief — and of course — a feeling of intense pride would overwhelm me. Whew!
Her typical question and the word REDEEM resonated over and over in my head. Would you believe as I sit here typing on my laptop, I can still hear her asking me that question?
Redemption is SWEET!
Merriam-Webster on-line defines redeem as follows:
-To overcome something detrimental
-To release from blame or debt
-To change for the better
-To exchange for something of value
-To make good
-To atone for
As Christians, we are only Christians because of the ONE TRUE REDEEMER – JESUS CHRIST! He was not at fault. He could answer any question correctly. He was PERFECT………..but He took the fall for us, because we missed the mark …. every wrong answer, every disgusting sin that we ever committed or will ever commit was atoned for at the CROSS. He made GOOD, because HE WAS NOTHING BUT GOOD. He canceled the debt…He restored….He FULFILLED!
HE is the AUTHOR OF SECOND CHANCES, and THIRD CHANCES, and SEVENTY-SEVEN CHANCES! We have no right to accept any overwhelming pride for our works……..for without HIS GRACE we would be NOTHING!
HE TRULY TOOK ON THE ENTIRE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD. He paid the price with His life so we could BE FREE! He loves us THAT MUCH!
I can still hear Him asking me…”Susan, would you come home? I can give you more than you can ever hope for or imagine, if you will just answer my invitation correctly. I will exchange your sin for glory….just accept me.”
I SURRENDER ALL…BECAUSE, MY REDEEMER LIVES!!
THE SWEETEST REDEMPTION WAS, IS, and EVER WILL BE….
OUR SAVIOR’S SACRIFICE!!
HE MADE GOOD ON EVERYTHING AT THE CROSS….
SHARE HIS LOVE THIS VALENTINES WEEK!