“A Ransom For Many”
The ultimate act of service on Jesus’ part was that He gave His life as a ransom for many. He came to serve, and that not only means He became a man, but that He gave His life on the cross “as a ransom.” But what is a ransom?
- the price paid for redeeming
- paid for slaves, captives
- for the ransom of life
- to liberate from misery and the penalty of their sins
The word comes from the root Luo (#3089) which means:
- to loosen any person or thing tied or fastened
- to unbind, release from bonds, set free
- to annul
- to deprive of authority
Jesus came to serve, and His death and resurrection paid a ransom for many. It means we were slaves to sin, but Christ freed us. It means sin and death had authority over our lives, but Christ deprived it of its authority by conquering it at the cross. It means we were bound to a catastrophic fate of worshiping ourselves, but Christ freed us from that so we could worship Him. It means “Jesus lived the life you should have lived and died the death you should have died, in your place, so God can receive you not for your record and sake but for His record and sake.”
Why was Jesus able to do this?
What does this mean? We’ll check that out in the last final post in this series…