“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NKJV
Jesus makes it very clear what his mission on earth is; to be a ransom for the human race. I’ve been thinking a lot about that statement and what it means. A ransom is usually paid for something of value that someone else has control over. It is paid for something or someone that has been stolen and the owner/relative has to pay the thief to get back their property. In addition when someone asks for a ransom, they usually ask for something very expensive, like a lot of money. There are two choices in this transaction either you pay or your don’t pay. If you don’t pay the person/things are lost because they are no use to the thief, he is only concerned with the ransom. The truth is that humans have been stolen away from God. We were His, He created us for His own good pleasure. The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy. The enemy, as well as the law, demands a sacrifice, a ransom for humans to be freed from their captive. Jesus was that ransom, His life was indeed an expensive ransom.
The more I contemplate this verse, the more I’m blown away by Gods extravagant love. There is so much to this simple statement from Jesus, it is the gospel in its purest form. The good news, that Jesus has paid the ransom so that all men can be free. It’s interesting that sometimes people when they have been held for a long time either by a captive or in jail start to identify themselves with that environment. Maybe that is why it’s difficult for humans to except this awesome gift; they are afraid to move from the known to the unknown. The known is bondage, the unknown is freedom.
Lord Jesus you are so good, holy and loving. I feel so convicted and moved by your words. I look forward to spending eternity with You. I can never say thank you enough for paying the ransom for us. You did not have to do it and I don’t even understand why you would. Lord move me to share your awesome news with this dying world.