by Darla Noble
Who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
Beginning in the early 1900s all way up through the late 1970s and early 80s, trading stamps were a really big deal. Grocery stores and gas stations gave stamps to their customers based on the amount of money the customer spent. The customer would fill their stamp books; waiting until they had enough to redeem the stamp-filled books for merchandise.
Small appliances, strollers, toys, coffee tables, lawn furniture, lamps, dishes…you name it. You could get practically anything with Top Value, S&H Green Stamps, Plaid Stamps, or any of the other regional trading stamps.
But when credit cards really hit the economic ‘scene,’ the popularity of trading stamps quickly declined. They are completely extinct from society.
Thankfully the same cannot be said for the Redeemer who came over 2,000 years ago. He came to redeem each of us from our sins. We don’t have to buy anything to get it. We don’t have to save up for it, either. All we have to do is trade our old life for a new one when we accept Jesus as our Savior in baptism so that our sins will be forgiven and we can receive the Holy Spirit to live in us.
Thank You, Jesus, for being my Redeemer! In Your Name, I pray, Amen.