A few days ago we took note of the truth that Jesus Christ our Savior is our Redeemer, which means that He bought us out of our guilt and the curse, which we by nature deserve because we fell in Adam.
A beautiful truth, that stands in connection with this purchase of our salvation, we find in Jeremiah 50:34 . There we read: "Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon."
Let us today take note of the truth that our Redeemer's name is Lord of Hosts. Here again, that word "Lord" is the Hebrew word "Jehovah," that is, "I Am." The point to note here is that He is Jehovah of Hosts; and a host is a multitude of people. Do not then think that the church is only a handful of people, even though Satan's army of sinners is far greater in number.
The comforting truth here is that, as we approach the day of celebrating the birth of our Savior, we are assured that our Redeemer saves a host of sinners. God has chosen a host of sinners, a very large group out of every nation, tongue, and tribe, and established Him as their Redeemer. That body of Christ will have an exact number of members, and there will be a host like the sand on the seashore (Hebrews 11:12 ).
Today, and on what is called Christmas Day, thank God for the assurance that we are going to get a land of rest, and that we have a strong Redeemer Who is Jehovah, the I AM, Who is unchangeable, and almighty to realize every word in every promise which our God has given us.
What a comforting truth there is in what we ought to celebrate on the day of Christ's birth. We have a strong Redeemer, the Lord of hosts, Who will bring us victory and a most blessed rest in His kingdom.
Read: Matthew 11:20-30
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Through the Bible in One Year
Joel 1 ; Joel 2 ; Joel 3:1-21
Quote for Reflection:
Elisha "called for a musician, a devout musician, one accustomed to play upon his harp and sing psalms to it. To hear God’s praises sweetly sung, as David had appointed, would cheer his spirits, and settle his mind, and help to put him into a right frame both to speak to him and to hear from him." ~ Matthew Henry on II Kings 3:15