What comes to mind when you hear the word ransom? It denotes payment for someone to set them free. We get the idea that a person has been kidnapped, taken hostage and the captors want some type of payment.

Pretty scary stuff, and yet, that is exactly what happened.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they were taken captive by the devil. And since that day, each of us has been born into captivity. We cannot pay ourselves out of it. We can’t even pay for someone else. The psalmist addressed this. “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. For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.” Psalm 49:7-11

Look at what was said, “the ransom for a life is costly.” It sure was. Nothing we could ever do would have been enough. We don’t have enough wealth, jewels, lands to get ourselves bought out of captivity. It is why Jesus HAD to die. He gave His blood, His life, so we could be purchased. We can leave the bonds of slavery and walk out as free men and women. We only need to say “Yes.”

Dear Jesus, there are not words big enough to say thank You for what You did for me at Calvary. Your life purchased my freedom. I am eternally grateful.

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