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Ransom Paid, Fully Redeemed

 

March 18

 

Read 1 Peter 1:18-19 (ESV)

Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

 

Reflect

What does it mean to be redeemed?

 

I watched a show the other day in which a husband and his wife were out sailing in the open ocean when they were kidnapped by pirates and held hostage. The show detailed the struggle that their families had in trying to “buy them back” from the pirates. The pirates required an exorbitant amount of money that the family just didn’t have.

 

The truth is, if we haven’t been redeemed by Jesus Christ, we are being held hostage. If we are not in Christ, we are being held hostage to sin and death. A price has to be paid to return us to God. But as Peter says, your ransom cannot be paid with money. Riches like silver and gold do not cover your sins. But blood does. Death is the price that has to be paid.

 

The good news is that we do not have to pay the price ourselves. And we couldn’t even if we tried! A perfect sacrifice was required and we are certainly not perfect. We had nothing to offer our captors that would buy our freedom. But Jesus lived a perfect life. He was a spotless lamb. Without blemish. By dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus paid our ransom with His precious blood. He was completely innocent and yet an exchange was made. He willingly laid down His life in our place.

 

But some Christians do not live as if we have been redeemed. We seem satisfied living empty, futile lives that are not differentiated from the rest of the world in any meaningful ways. Just before Peter explained redemption in today’s passage, he exhorted Christians to be holy. In 1 Peter 1:14-16, he said, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

 

His point is Jesus paid the ultimate price for your sins. He died a torturous death in your place. On your behalf. He bought our freedom with His blood. Therefore, out of deep respect and reverence for His sacrifice, we should walk in His freedom and seek to live lives that honor and glorify Him. Paul also expresses this truth in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. He says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

 

Friends, we have been ransomed from slavery to sin and death and we have been purchased by Jesus Christ. We belong to Him. He sacrificed greatly on our behalf! We should live the rest of our lives seeking to honor Him.

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You isn’t enough for the sacrifice You made for me. Your blood paid the price that I owed and redeemed me from slavery to sin and death. I can never repay You, but I want to live my life in a way that glorifies and honors You. Amen. 

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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10 months ago
*SERIOUSLY:; THANKYOUJESUS;AMEN@*
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10 months ago
Thank You Jesus for Saving My Soul by making the sacrifice for me by dying on the Cross! Amen!
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10 months ago ( updated 10 months ago )
Heavenly Father though we did not not deserve it, I Thank You Jesus for Choosing me/us first for Loving me/us first. Father Your words are very clear on how we are to live. Yet we know Lord only "One" man lived who was and remains Perfect, Sinless in every way. Father I Thank You for the knowing though we fall short of The Glory of God, Jesus Your Precious Blood paid the price to free me/us from free of sin and death. Jesus from the moment You walked this earth You have been our Savior,Healer, Redeemer King Creator everything I/we have needed Lord You always been and will always be OH Yes You have Thank You Jesus You've always been and will always be. In Jesus Mighty name Amen

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
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10 months ago
what an absolutely beautiful story. Jesus, my Redeemer; and my Friend. No, we really don't have words to convey our thanks. We were bought with a Price. Help me to live my life to honour and glorify you, Jesus!
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10 months ago
Since we have this hope we have put on the morale body.
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