“I’ve come to declare freedom and set captives free!”
These words were some of the first Jesus spoke publicly concerning His purpose on this earth. He did not say it then, but carrying out this mission — buying freedom for us and breaking prisons that hold us — would cost Him dearly. The price He would pay would be His own life and blood.
Several times He hinted at the ransom that would be required. Sometimes He said it outright: “I came…to give my life as a ransom for many” (see Mark 10:45). But even those closest to Him did not realize that in the end He must, literally, give up His life to accomplish what He came to do.
He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time (1 Timothy 2:6).
God’s compassion for His creation extended so far that He became a human being just like us. In human form, He walked into the kingdom of darkness where the devil rules and He accepted humiliation and eventually death — to rescue the people He loves. He was God, yet He was willing to be tortured and die as a human. That was the ransom to buy our freedom.
And now the ransom has been paid — and God offers freedom as a gift to everyone who will accept it.
It takes my breath away … That God loves us so much.
We certainly haven’t done anything to deserve it, but His love comes to every one of us and makes the offer … of freedom.
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need…Set me free from my prison …
(Psalm 142:6a,7a NIV)
I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
© Elaine Starner 2015