I love doing word studies as part of digging deeper into God’s Word. Sometimes it’s the simplest of words that God uses to open my eyes. Lately, I’ve been caught up on the word “ransom”. Guys, this used to be a word that I always read in the scriptures but never gave much thought. Until now! I have no idea why the word seemed to leap off the page at me when I was studying. But I’m so glad it did. Because now it sheds a whole new light on what God really did for me.
We can see the word ransom in Matthew 20:28 – Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. The definition of the word “ransom” is a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity, to deliver especially from sin or its penalty, to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price.
So with that being said whom do we pay a ransom to? The person who stole someone or something from you correct? Bringing this word into Scripture context who is God paying a ransom to and why? This goes back to Genesis chapter 3. Where the serpent deceived Adam and Eve into eating from the Tree of Knowledge. That day Satan stole God’s children. The ransom he wanted was a very high price to pay. He didn’t want just any ransom. He wanted God’s only begotten Son. Satan wanted to hurt God for good this time. The ransom had to be paid or all God’s children would be doomed for all eternity.
Then, of course, the word “redeem” comes into play. That word means: to buy back, to free from what distresses or harms, to free from consequences of sin, to repair, to restore. This definition really got me choked up. No, all this is not totally new to me either but when you put it all into perspective I get excited!
So, a ransom had to be made so that God’s children could be redeemed. The ransom was paid through the life of God’s only Son. He sent His Son to pay the ultimate price for man’s sin. His only begotten Son was subjected to the most severe torture thought possible. Not only was He beaten but He also was put to death by crucifixion. I bet Satan and all the demons of hell rejoiced to see our Savior dying that day on the cross. It seemed that Satan Had won. Jesus was finally dead. But what Satan didn’t know and had not planned for, was that third day! Little did he know that death could never hold God’s Son. For on that third day Christ arose! On that third day, sin was defeated! On that third day, the chains of sin were loosed. On that third day, my victory was won! Guys, any of you who know me know what’s taking place right now as I write these words! Yes, tears are streaming down my face for I am forever changed because of these two words and what they mean. God paid the ultimate price so we could live with Him for all eternality. Also so that we could live in this world and not be shackled by chains of sin. I know that sometimes it’s our choice to be shackled by sin but that’s another story for another post. But Christ died so that we wouldn’t have to be.
If you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior, you can read and pray a simple prayer to ask Christ into your life. Trust me it will be the best discussion you will ever make.
If you are struggling to be free from the chains that bind you, cry out to your Savior. Ask Him for strength and courage to finally break free. Remember, He’s already paid the price, now it’s up to you to receive it and be free.