"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." (1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV UK)  My late father-in-law was a coal-miner in the 1930s. Financially, those were truly tough times. For such a dangerous job, the men were pretty poorly paid. Every Monday, he used to pawn his best clothes to raise money to live that week. Then, on a Friday, when he got his wages, he would redeem (literally, buy back) his suit to go out dancing! It was a vicious cycle of debt. In our day, we have cash generators rather than pawn-brokers, but the principle is the same. Today’s text reminds us that the symbol of our Christian faith is not a shop with three balls hanging outside, but a hill on which stood three crosses. The one in the centre held the Lamb of God, the Redeemer of the world. Thank You, Jesus!