The King’s ransom

The ransomWhy do we need a ransom?  We need it because we are a fallen race, trapped within our sinful nature, and helpless in the face of death.

Look at all the utopian experiments that begin with high aspirations of equality, justice and freedom, and end in bondage, injustice, and inequality, or witness how freedom for one group results in oppression for the other.  All the ‘isms”, and we don’t learn from history.  There’s something wrong!  These are the words of Solomon;

“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher.
“Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”
What does a man gain for all his efforts
that he labors at under the sun?   Ecclesiastes 1:1-4

Even the prophets of the world know it.  I think the band Aerosmith hit the nail on the head with their song “Living on the Edge”;

There’s somethin’ wrong with the world todaycharacter_falling
I don’t know what it is
Something’s wrong with our eyes

We’re seeing things in a different way
And God knows it ain’t His
It sure ain’t no surprise

We’re livin’ on the edge
You can’t help yourself from fallin’
People running into holeLivin’ on the edge
You can’t help yourself at all
Livin’ on the edge
You can’t stop yourself from fallin’
Livin’ on the edge

We can’t help ourselves from falling.  Sin is a destructive force, and it has affected all of creation.  Sin gets its power from the law, which points its bony finger at us from Sinai, where Moses got the ten commandments.  We aren’t able to free ourselves from the destructive power of sin.  A price had to be paid to free us, a ransom we couldn’t pay.

Did you know how much a human life is worth?  “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them, the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough so that they should live on forever and not see decay.”  Psalm 49:7-9.  Life is held so cheap in this world, but not to God.  For Him, we are worth a King’s ransom.  Each one of us!

Here’s the King’s ransom; Christ said “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28.

… God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. 1 Timothy 2:5

If you haven’t approached the King to be ransomed, think about it this Easter.

1 Timothy 2

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