This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #16 – What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? [NCC Q21]
Powerpoint Pictures: Olaf; E.T.; Woody; Chewbacca; Person familiar to them
I wonder, can you tell me what the following are?
What are they? What is, what we might call, their essence or nature?
First, Olaf. What is Olaf? He’s a snowman.
Next, E.T. What is E.T.? He’s an extra-terrestrial.
Then, Woody. What is Woody? Yes, he’s a toy. But he’s also a cowboy.
And Chewbacca. What is Chewbacca? He is a Wookie.
Last one, (person familiar to them). What is (person)? He is a human.
What does the Bible teaches us that Jesus is. What is Jesus? What is His essence or nature?
Now this is a really important question because it will tell us whether Jesus can do the job of saving us and reconciling us back to God.
In our last big question, we asked, “Who is the Redeemer?” And found out that the only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus, we’re told, is the only Redeemer. But why is He the only Redeemer? Well, our next Big Question tell us. Let’s look at it now…
Q: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
What is it about what Jesus is, that makes Him the only person for the job?
We find out the answer in the book of Isaiah, where we learn the Saviour needs to be two things.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.” (Isaiah 9:6)
He needs to be human. He is a child who is born. He is a son. The Redeemer is fully human. And that’s what Jesus is.
But the verse in Isaiah goes on.
“And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
These are all titles for God.
Elsewhere God is described as being wonderful and mighty and everlasting and the One who brings peace.
So, the Redeemer needs to be also fully God, which is what Jesus is too.
Back to our question. What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
A: One who is truly human and also truly God.
This is what Jesus is! Jesus is truly human and truly God, and He alone is – which is why He is the only Redeemer.
Let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? One who is truly human and also truly God.