Steven A. Bush - March 3, 2024

Jesus Gave Himself as a Ransom

Jesus Gave Himself as a Ransom

1 Timothy 2:5-6 says: "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time." (ESV) We hear the word, ransom, but what exactly does it mean? When someone is held as a captive by an enemy or someone is taken hostage or kidnapped against their will, the captors will demand a payment for the release of those being held. We call such a payment, a ransom. The paying of this ransom to free a slave or prisoner means to redeem. This leads us to the word, Redemption. Sometimes the amount of a ransom comes in the form of money. Sometimes it comes as a prisoner exchange between enemies. But a far greater ransom has been paid for us! 1 Peter 1:18-21 tells it perfectly: "For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose Him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days He has been revealed for your sake. Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory." (NLT) Ransom paid! True freedom! Hallowed be His name!

Scripture References: Matthew 20:25-28, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 9:14-15, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Revelation 5:9-10

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