|Jesus, the Savior. I, the Sinner|
‘Ransom” is not so familiar word for me, “to redeem” is. But the word “ransom” is richer in its meaning. Here it means two things: First, kidnappers demand a ransom to release the people they’ve captured, and all of us humans have been captured by the power of sin. Jesus told his disciples that he would pay the ransom which would release humans from the captivity of sin. Jesus would pay it by giving up His life, by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
The other meaning is that, because of sins, all of us humans have to be punished by the holy God. God who is holy can’t stand to see any sin – even a dot of sin – hated it and will cast sinners to hell out of His holy presence (Check: How holy is your God?). This punishment can be thought of as a fine – the fine of death. Jesus told his disciples that he would pay the ransom – the fine – which would release us sinners from the punishment of God. Jesus would pay it by giving up His life, by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
Jesus taught that He would suffer and die.
His death would achieve something greater than His teaching and miracles
He gave up his life “as a ransom for many” by the shedding of His blood on the cross
To free us from the power of sin and the punishment of the holy God
This is how much Jesus has done for you – what is your respond to this truth?
To all of this wonderful work of salvation, I say, “Hallelujah!”
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.