The Ransom Has Been Paid

He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12 HCSB

Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the famous singer, was kidnapped at the age of 19, on December 8, 1963 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel. Sinatra was released two days later after his father paid $240,000 (about $1,832,000 in today’s dollars) ransom that was demanded by the kidnappers. The kidnappers were later arrested, convicted, and spent time in prison. Over the years, people and nations have paid a ransom to get people back who have been kidnapped. Right now there is discussion concerning the United States paying ransom to the terrorist group ISIS to get kidnapped Americans back. The American policy is not to negotiate with terrorist or to pay a ransom.

The word “redemption” means “to free by paying a ransom”. Jesus has paid the ransom for our sins when He shed His blood and died on the cross. Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life – a ransom for many”. Christ willingly laid down His life on our behalf. Instead of the blood of goats and calves, Jesus used His own life and blood to offer as a sacrifice to pay the ransom for the sins of the world. His sacrifice is eternal, everlasting, once and for all.

Challenge: Thank God that He has paid the ransom for your life. You have been bought with a price – it cost Jesus His life. He suffered and died a very painful death so you might be forgiven and have eternal life.

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