As a kid, I never really understood the excitement of Easter. I wasn’t into egg hunts or chocolate-shaped bunnies. The church I went to had special programs for the Christmas holiday, but Easter was more or less just another Sunday.
Fast forward though about twenty years to the year 2004. I distinctly remember going with my young adult fellowship to watch the highly anticipated movie, The Passion of the Christ. I didn’t know much about the film, except that it was a big budget production directed by an actor who had run around in one of his films with blue paint on his face, shouting, “Freedom!”
We all wondered how Mel Gibson would portray Jesus in the movie. Would it be accurate? Would it be well done? Would it bring people to Christ? Well, having seen the film, I would say “yes, yes, and very likely, yes”.
I came out of that movie, in one word, changed. Jesus’s suffering on the cross became very real to me. And I finally understood the reason why He died—it was for me. For my sins. For all the ugliness in me that I can’t fix myself. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV):
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
And that is the amazing power of redemption. The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt (as defined by Oxford Dictionaries). Jesus exchanged his life for ours.
Why am I sharing about redemption today? Well, partly because this month we celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday, two amazing evidences of redemption.
Also, because I have a new book releasing on the 9th that is all about the power of redemption. Here’s the cover reveal for Lawfully Cherished.
The last thing Natasha Livingston expects to find on her doorstep is a threatening letter. As a precaution, her billionaire uncle insists on hiring a bodyguard for her—a hunk of a man who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Now, not only is her life at risk, but her heart as well, especially when their business arrangement takes a personal turn.
Guilt drove Victor Price to leave the police force and his old girlfriend behind years ago. With a stalker on the loose, he has no choice but to step in and protect her. It’s a small price to pay when her brother, his old partner, gave up his life to save his. What he didn’t plan on was marrying the woman who still has a hold on his heart.
It’s only a matter of time before danger catches up with them or they end up falling in love again.
As you can see, both of the characters in Lawfully Cherished have pasts that need healing. Add their current problems to the mix, and the situation gets a lot trickier. But this is a story about redemption, remember? I made sure to give them both the ending—and hope and healing—they need.
Lawfully Cherished is available for pre-order. Get your Kindle copy HERE for only 99¢ for a limited time!
How have you seen God’s redeeming power at work? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear your stories.
I hope you have blessed Easter celebrating the power of God’s redemption in your life!