You can come out of all your bondages. Ransom paid for your deliverance!
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Did you ever think a ransom or payment had to make on your behalf? Did it ever dawn on you? Let me explain why payment or ransom was needed.
You see we all look at this world with our tainted eyes. Did we ever try to look at this world with God’s eyes? How can I look at this world with God’s eyes? Bible gives us God’s eyes of this world. It describes how God in heaven sees this world, the way God sees every one of us. God said in Isaiah 61:1-2 that He sent His anointed one to proclaim the good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor. This verse was a prophecy about Messiah that fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Bible says in Luke 4:16-18 that Jesus went to a synagogue in Nazareth on a Sabbath day. There He stood up and read the same passage prophesied in Isaiah 61 about Himself, rolled up the scroll and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. Jesus then said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” This was a big claim from Jesus. He said He is the fulfillment of the above prophecy given more than 800 years before in the Scripture.
God sees this world and all people in it are poor, broken-hearted, captives, prisoners and slaves. I am not talking about people who are in prison in all different countries. And I am not talking about people who are doing slave’s work because someone forced them to serve them. No, but I am talking about how God sees you and me and the all the people in the world. Bible tells the truth, and this is the truth the whole world and everyone live in this world are slaves to sin. God sees people living in the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34). Jesus is right. Do you know everyone sins and thereby we all are a slave to sin?
You see, you may be better than me, or another person may be ok than both of us. Usually, people think in comparative terms. I am better than you, or He is better than her. But do you know the truth is this – nobody is ok in the eyes of the LORD in heaven. We all are touched and tainted by the nature of sin within us. Romans 3:23 affirms this truth about people. It says no one is righteous, not even one in the whole world. There is not even one who can stand accepted and perfect in the eyes of the holy and perfect God. It says in the above passage, people’s throat, mouth, feet, heart are all tainted by sin. You may be far better than me, and I do agree, but the truth is this, we all have a problem. The problem is sin enslaves we all in one way or another.
Parents never teach their children to be selfish. But they naturally have the selfishness in them. They do not need to show them how to lie or steal. But they have these natural propensities inside them. As adults, we are grown and matured, why don’t we look into ourselves? The words that we said, the way we hurt others by our words and actions, the cheating we have done, the sinful thoughts we kept in our hearts, the way we coveted what belonged to others, the way we disrespected our parents. The list goes on and on. How did this happen? Bible answers this question in Romans 5:12. It says through one man, Adam, sin entered the world. The consequent of sin was death and sin brought death with it. In Adam we all, all humanity failed and became the prisoners of sin. We are under the power of sin. This became our nature because like apple begets apple, Adam begets Adam’s sin nature in all of us. Bible says, “It is shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.” (Ephesians 5:12). All of us have an issue that we are unable to solve.
Paul said in Romans 7:14, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” He continues to say He has the desire to do what is good, but he cannot carry it out. For he says, “ I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do- this I end up doing.” He says because he has the good desire to do good but not able to do it, “it is no longer I who do it, but it is a sin nature living in me that does it.”
Beloved, this is the clear picture of all people living in this world. Surely enough, we are under the yoke and slavery of sin, and we are prisoners who need freedom and deliverance from our sinful nature.
This is why Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. Jesus was on a rescue mission to rescue us from the enslavement of sin – to deliver us from the yoke and prison. He came to deliver us from sin’s power and condemnation on us. He said he came to serve us. In what sense He served us? By giving His life as a ransom for many.
We had to be bought out from the slave market of sin. We were in handcuffs enslaved by the power of sin and as a result condemned to die eternally. Eternal death means not only in this world but also eternally away from the goodness of the Lord. That is the result of sin. After you and I die, we enter into eternity without the presence of God and Jesus Christ our savior. Eternal darkness and that is called eternal hell.
But while we were in the slave market of sin bounded by our enemy, who is the devil, and condemned for eternal hell, the rescuer appeared and gave His life as a ransom for all our sins. What price will be acceptable to deliver us from our sins and the bondage of the power of sin over us? Bible says this there is only one price that can buy us from this slave market. It says in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “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.” The acceptable and perfect price was not silver or God (the most precious valuable price in the first century), but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
In Jesus Christ, there was no sin and He never did any sins in action. Bible says in him there was no sin, He did not do any sin and He knew no sin. How can that be? Do you realize we inherited our sinful nature from Adam and our ancestors like 1 Peter 18 said? But Jesus did not inherit any sinful nature from Adam or our ancestors? Jesus’s did not have an earthly father. His father is the father in heaven – God. That is why he was born from a virgin. The virgin birth of Jesus explains his sinless nature. Bible says how baby Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb. It is elaborately described in Luke 1:27-35. This is how the miraculous conception happened in Mary womb without a man and sinful nature. Verse 35 says the angel said to Mary,” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” The Holy Spirit of God and the power of the Highest overshadowed Mary, and the result was the One who is to be born from her would be called the Son of God. Not Son of any human father, the Son of God. Jesus was sinless from the very get-go, His blood was sinless, spotless, precious blood was paid as a payment or ransom for our sins. This is how Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, will deliver people from the slave market of sin. There is power, there is power in the sinless blood of Christ, and that is the perfect currency God needed for our sins. Not Gold, silver or any of our works. But the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Christ makes you free from the bondage and captivity of sin and delivers you permanently forever from its condemnation and punishment. He paid for your sin by His sinless, spotless blood. This is the good news of Gospel.
Jesus Christ is not just for Christians. Who said that? No, He is the savior for all people in this whole full world. He belongs to all, and He is the one who can set you free from the power, condemnation, and punishment of sin.
Do you know who He paid the payment or ransom? It all depends on who we wronged when we sinned. God is the holy and perfect God and when our first parents- Adam and Eve- rebelled and disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, the wrong done against Him. When we do sin in our lives, small or big, who do we offend? Of course, we harm another individual but at the final outset, all sins are against God, and we offend Him. David said to God about his sins, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” When someone murders our dear one or hurt us badly we want to get justice, don’t we? We want to get justice or payment for the hurt committed. God is offended and wronged against by our sins. An amount or ransom needed to be paid to satisfy the justice. Jesus Christ paid that payment or ransom on our behalf, and the ransom was His life, and His sinless, spotless blood poured out on our behalf.
Bible says in Hebrews 9 that Jesus Christ after His death, burial and resurrection for our sins entered the greater and more perfect Tabernacle in heaven. This Tabernacle in heaven was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. He entered into this heavenly tabernacle not with the blood of goats and calves but with His own sinless, spotless blood. As the perfect lamb of God, He entered the holiest place, released us from prisons and bondages, secured our freedom and redemption once and for all and forever. (Hebrews 9:11-14). Jesus Christ is the only rescuer who can deliver you from your bondages and grant you freedom.
It is how the wrath and anger of God against our committed and yet to be committed sins are atoned for by the Jesus Christ, the savior of the whole world, forever. Jesus Christ paid His sinless, spotless blood and that is the only note or currency acceptable to God’s heavenly court for our deliverance.
“Father in heaven, I believe Jesus Christ is my rescuer and savior who is able to give me freedom from my bondages. I believe Jesus Christ died, buried and risen again for my sins. He paid His sinless and spotless blood as a ransom for me. Please save me and grant me eternal life. Thank you for saving me.”
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