ANSWER: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
From our pastor's meditation on this week's catechism question: "[I]t is one thing to believe that Jesus is a redeemer (as in one among many), but it is something else entirely to assert (as Christianity does) that He is the only redeemer." This statement gets at an idea called the scandal of particularity, or the fact that God has worked out his plan of redemption in a very specific way--that is, through a particular chosen people (Israel) and one particular Savior who came through that people (Jesus Christ). Why is this idea so scandalous, so offensive? What alternatives might we and others prefer?
According to Paul in his letter to the Philippians, how did Jesus act when he became man and bore the penalty for sin? How are we called to respond? See Philippians 2:5-11. How does Paul's description of Jesus contrast with some of the pictures we get of Jesus in popular culture today?
As you think of the Redeemer this week, you might meditate on the words of Samuel Medley's familiar hymn based on Job 19:25, 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives.'