Separation. Loneliness. Fear. Failure. Heartache. Desperation.
Just when desperation finally makes us look up, daring one last time to search for a rescuer, lest we perish, our Hero is on the horizon, riding in to save the day. He has come to redeem us. As Webster's defines it, to buy us back. We were his from creation, but there is now a price to be paid to restore the relationship severed by sin. He alone can pay it. Withholding it was never an option. So he pays.
Fee and Stuart put it this way:
"The genius of the biblical story is what it tells us about God himself: a God who sacrifices himself in death out of love for his enemies; a God who would rather experience the death we deserved than to be apart from the people he created for his pleasure; a God who himself bore our likeness, experienced our creatureliness, and carried our sins so that he might provide pardon and reconciliation; a God who would not let us go, but who would pursue us--all of us, even the worst of us--so that he might restore us into joyful fellowship with himself."
We are saved! Hallelujah!
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:22-24