Jesus Christ paid our ransom

There is no doubt as to why Jesus came to the earth. God made it clear in the King James Bible as to why His Son came to us here on earth.

He came here to die for us, so that we may live. Jesus knew as a man what He would go through and how He would die. This all is part of God’s plan, not some accident or chance happening. Jesus knew and prepared Himself and His disciples for what was soon to happen. (Mark 10:45) “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

What this verse means is that Jesus would serve us by giving up His life for others as a ransom. In the time our Lord lived, paying a ransom meant to pay off a debt for someone. This was an enormous thing to do for someone. It was considered a sacrificial payment that matched the value or paid the debt of a slave or prisoner in order to procure his freedom. The ransom payment covered or atoned for the debt that the slave or prisoner owed.

Jesus Christ paid a ransom for us with His own life. So we need to understand Jesus sees us as prisoners and slaves, locked up in the bondage of our sin and that we need to be freed by His sacrificial death.

(Isaiah 53:1-12) “1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

The ransom Jesus Christ paid was a ransom for many, the word many doesn’t mean a select group, or only some people. No, Jesus was referring to the sinners and transgressors for whom Jesus Christ poured out His life.

The many Jesus Christ spoke about is the many nations of this earth and all the people both Jew and Gentiles that take Him as their savior.

Jesus Christ does this for us because we can’t pay our own ransom. Like the prisoners and slaves that we are, we can’t pay the ransom for our own freedom. Jesus Christ freely and willingly and lovingly gives His life so that we can have life! As the Son of God, He is the only one who can pay the ransom. His ransom was paid by Him by His death on the cross in place of and on behalf of all of us who are in bondage to our sins.

To prove Jesus Christ is God the Son, He rose from the dead, and conquered death forever. Death could not hold Him and through our salvation the second death has no hold on us born again Christians either.

Look to the reason Christ died for your salvation and your hope. This is the real reason we should and do celebrate Easter. Without Jesus Christ on the cross we would face a terrible fate. Give thanks to God for sending His Son to us so that we may live.

All glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan