The Costly Ransom: Have you ever received a gift that was so valuable and precious to you? A gift that shocked and kept you mute for a while, a gift you never expected or merited yet it came.
An important gift does not have to be costly or expensive. In fact, the real value of any gift is not based or measured by the size or monetary involvement of the gift or items.
Rather, the value of every gift depends on the happiness, joy, and satisfaction it brought to the one who received it. Of the gifts you could ever hope to receive in this life, there is one that stands out above all others.
It is a gift that came from God to humanity. God has given us many things, but the greatest gift among them all is the ransom sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 20:28, Says that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. As we can see here, this is the most valuable gift you could possibly receive.
Receiving it can cause unimaginable happiness, joy and endless satisfaction in your life. This is really the greatest and most glorious expression of God’s love for mankind.
Ransom basically involves two things:
- Ransom is an item, money or price given to bring about or release of one who is in captive. This might be compared to the price paid for the release of a prisoner of war.
- Ransom is also a price that covers, or pays, the cost of something. cover the damages caused by an injury. at fully corresponds to, or equals, the value of what was damaged.
God wanted to bring man back to Himself, He wanted to renew His relationship with humankind. And there was no other perfect way to do that if not to give himself for ransom.
when we think back to what happened in the garden of Eden. We will understand that Adam lost everything when he sinned against God.
Both his comfort, his enjoyment, his relationship with nature and every other created thing on earth turned against him. The most dangerous part of it is losing his relationship with God.
Now you can understand why the ransom is such a valuable gift to us. When God created Adam, He gave him something precious and perfect for human development and consumption.
Adam was made with a perfect body and mind, that he would never get sick, grow old, or die. As a perfect human, he had a special relationship with God Almighty his creator.
The Bible also recorded that Adam was a son of God Luke 3:38. So Adam enjoyed a close relationship with God, like that of a son with a loving father.
In Genesis 1:28-30; 2:16-17. God communicated with his earthly son, and gave him satisfying and pleasant responsibilities, letting him know what was expected of him as a son.
Adam was made in God’s image as written in Genesis 1:27. Being made in God’s image, Adam was created with qualities like those of God, including love, wisdom, justice, and power.
He was not made like a machine that can perform only what it is designed or programmed to do. Instead, he was made in a way that he can make personal decisions, choose between right and wrong.
Adam was giving an opportunity to choose whether to remain in the garden or not. He would have lived forever in Paradise on earth if only he had chosen to obey God.
But his disobedient cost him his perfect human life with all its blessings. Immediately Adam disobeyed God and was condemned to death, he paid a very high price.
In Genesis 3:17-19 Sadly, Adam lost this precious life not only for himself but also for his future generation. And this cause was equally transferred to his children and the generation unborn.
As it is written in Romans 5:12, that through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned. Yes, all of us inherited sin from Adam.
Adam through sin sold himself and his offspring into slavery and captivity to sin and death. And there was no hope for Adam, Eve and their children because they willfully chose to disobey God.
How possible would it be to cover the immense loss that Adam inflicted on all of us and to release us from slavery to sin and death?
Since it was a perfect human life that was lost, no imperfect human life could ever obtain or buy it back. Psalm 49:7-8, all that was needed was a ransom equal in value to what was lost.
Meaning that what would be able to cover the value of the perfect human soul or life, that Adam lost was another perfect human life 1 Timothy 2:6.
God did not justs send any spirit creature, but He chooses to send one of his perfect spirit sons, the one most precious to him, his only-begotten Son to the earth 1 John 4:9-10.
And this son willingly and obediently left his heavenly home, comfort, and luxury. God performed a miracle by transferring the life of this Son to the womb of a mortal Mary Philippians 2:7.
And through the agency of God’s holy spirit, Jesus was born as a perfect human, who was not under the penalty of any sin. Luke 1:35.
Sin caused Adam the precious possession of perfect human life, that was giving to him by his creator. He was not able to pass it on to his offspring. Instead, he passed on sin and death.
But Jesus, whom the Bible calls the last Adam, had a perfect human life, and he never sinned. He stepped into Adam’s place and paid the great price for Adam’s sin.
God allowed his perfect and sinless Son to be ridiculed, humiliated, and killed. Jesus so sacrificed his perfect human life for mankind. The price He paid on the cross brought hope to Adam’s offspring.
THE BENEFITS OF THE RANSOM:
1. Salvation And Redemption
The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ Jesus, who discharged it by His death on the cross of Calvary. John the Baptist in the book of John 1:29, calls Him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Isaiah 53:6, says The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him. Hebrews 9:26 also confirmed it when it said that He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Our sins had put us in slavery and captivity right from the day Adam sinned. We became partakers of Adam’s suffering by genealogy and needed someone for deliverance and redemption.
- Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law: and made himself a curse for us (Galatians 3:13-14).
- Christ redeemed us from the guilt of our sin: And by the redemption, we are justified as a gift by his grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
- He also redeemed us from the power of sin: knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your worthless way of life inherited from your fathers. But with precious, perfect and spotless blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:18-19).
We are not only redeemed from the guilt of sin, but the power and slavery to sin were broken. Our redemption from the power of sin gave us the ability to live holy and righteous lives.
2. The forgiveness of Our sins.
Because of our inherited imperfection from our first parents, we have struggled to do that which is right. Romans said for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, meaning that we have all sin in one way or the other.
But those sins were taken away by Christ himself who carried our sins in his body on the tree. So that we might die to those sins and begin to live righteously 1 Peter 2:24.
By means of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can receive the forgiveness of our sins when we asked with a sincere heart. Because of the ransom, we can enjoy priceless blessings from God despite our sinful nature.
3. Saved Us From God’s Wrath
Christ removed the wrath of God that we justly deserved by dying in our place for our sins. His sacrifice on the cross did not only remove God’s wrath but also turns it into favor.
The Bible history shows that ever since Adam’s fall into sin, God’s wrath ‘has remained upon’ the human race. And no human has been able to escape the wrath of God.
Satan in his rival sovereignty has been totally unable to protect mankind from ongoing calamities. And no human government or authority has been able to fulfill the basic needs of all its citizens.
So mankind continues to be plagued and tormented by war, crime, and poverty. Until Jesus came and gave Himself as a ransom for our sins and iniquities.
Today, God’s wrath is being made known in the judgment messages that are being poured out, like plagues upon Satan’s world, and on those who refused to accept Jesus as their personal savior.
4. He Gave Us A New Life In Christ
God’s desire was that all of His creations would live in a perfect world where Him and man could enjoy everything He had made forever. How wonderful it can be to live in a perfect world with God!
There was a perfect relationship between God the Creator and man His creature at the beginning of creation. There was no death, no disease, nor suffering.
The fear between man and other creatures such as animals, fishes, and plants were nonexistent. All the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs of Adam and Eve were met by their Creator.
They were totally in charge of the garden with everything they needed to sustain their life with was in it Genesis 1:31. But immediately they disobeyed and did that which God asked them not to do.
God, being a just and holy God, punished man and pushed them out of the Garden. Sin now corrupted man and everything in the garden turned against man Genesis 3; Romans 8:20–22.
Until the perfect sacrifice was made man was without hope. Man was wallowing in shame and disgrace. But despite that, God still desired to have a loving relationship with mankind.
That is why Paul said in Romans 5:8, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He demonstrated His own love for mankind by giving His life in exchange, just for the man to take back his place and live again.
5. The Hope Of Everlasting Life.
The wage every sin pays is death, but God gives everlasting life through Christ Jesus to those who love Him, Romans 6:23.
There is an enormous difference between the death of a sinner and that of a saint, as there is between heaven and hell. The death of the righteous is a starting point to the palace of God.
To those who are faithful and dedicated, Christ will give a crown of life. Meaning that there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, the crown of everlasting life.
Which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that faithful day and also to all who have desired for this arrival 2 Timothy 4:8.
And God will say to me, you have been faithful in your assignment. Come and sit in the sheltered upstairs of my palace and rest from your labors enter now into the joy of your Lord.
God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay for your sins and mine. He did it because He loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you for eternity.
The ransom is the most valuable and precious of all gifts, for this is the greatest sacrifice ever. It is the most outstanding evidence of God’s love for us, for he willingly gave his life in our behalf.
Sin causes eternal death in the lake of fire. But righteousness gives a believer everlasting life in the kingdom of God.
Do you wish to partake in this everlasting fellowship with God? All you need to do is to accept Him and confess Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
Getting to know and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, is one way to show that you appreciate his wonderful gift of the ransom sacrifice.