Jesus paid the price for our sins because of His obedience to His Father and His amazing love for us.
“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)
Have you given much thought to the reality that Jesus Christ is the Creator of this world?
The Holy Scriptures tell us that: “In the beginning was the Word; . . . All things were made by Him; . . . and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.” (John 1:1, 3, 10)
Romans 11:36 reiterates that same message: Everything in heaven and Earth was created by Him, and for Him!
And in the last book of the Bible, Jesus Christ is called “the Beginning of the creation of God.” (Revelation 3:14)
Jesus Christ is not only the Creator of the world but He is also our Savior, who came to redeem lost sinners from an eternal prison in hell, which occurred when Adam and Eve sinned and were expulsed from the garden of Eden, and separated from the amazing fellowship they had with the Lord.
We need to understand that God longs for that unbroken relationship with men so He sent His one and only Son to give His life as a ransom for man, so that anyone who accepts that free gift of eternal pardon can have his relationship with God restored.
The Word tells us that: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ…” (1 Peter 1:18-19). In the Old Testament, ransoms were paid for various reasons, such as freeing slaves and in the New Testament Jesus paid the ransom price of slavery to sin.
Hosea wrote about the ransom that foreshadowed what Jesus was going to do for us. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.” (Hosea 13:14)
So to whom did Christ paid the ransom to? Jesus came to this earth as a baby and He was with us for 33 ½ years, where He taught and performed many miracles and finally He went to the cross to give his life as a ransom for many. We need to understand that Jesus Christ was obedient to death and He paid the ransom for our sins to His Father. (John 3:16)
In the Old Testament, ransoms had been paid in part “by the blood of goats and calves” offered on the altar as a temporary covering for sins. But that was only until the true ransom could be paid: “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)
When we intentionally sin, which means our mind tells us that we should not do it and we do it anyway, we are deliberately trampling the blood of Christ. So, be aware, because the Bible WARNS us: “How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29)
If you have a problem with drinking alcohol, drugs, pornography, lying or whatever it might be; get on your knees and ask God to forgive you through the precious shed blood of His Son. Ask Him to give you strength to overcome that sin and He is faithful to do that, but you must be willing to do your part also.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
True salvations always brings spiritual transformation.
Remember this, we need to walk closely to the Lord every moment of our life end even more so when we are sinking and the enemy is overpowering us. “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11)
Keep your mind fixed upon Jesus and memorize this beautiful and encouraging verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
And remember what Paul told the Philippians “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
God’s work in us isn’t over when we receive salvation, it has just begun.