Ransom Paid, Fully Redeemed - Your Daily Forward Devotional

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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Thank You Jesus for Saving My Soul by making the sacrifice for me by dying on the Cross! Amen!
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.
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!
Since we have this hope we have put on the morale body.
Amen he redeemed me 😀
Makes me want to stand tall, strong in Him!!!!
Amen, amen
Great post. The LORD IS GREAT. THANKS FATHER FOR COMING TO OUR RESCUE SENDING YOUR PRECIOUS SON JESUS CHRIST TO PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS WE SHAll ALWAYS SHOW YOU GRACE IN LOVE I PRAY THIS IN JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN
Amen thank you Jesus
Amen 🙏🏾🙏🙏🏽🙏🏼🙏🏿🙏🏻
Thank you for the power of the cross, where you saved me from myself. Blessings J
Yes, Lord! I long to please You and provide a testimony of Your salvation through grace and mercy.
Jesus, You are my Savior, comforter, redeemer, and all righteousness. You made it possible to have a relationship with God, the Father. You took a brutal and tortured death in our place and there is no possible way to ever repay You. I need to walk in Your example and live a life that honors and glorifies You. Thank You Lord, praises, honor and glory to Your name. I pray this prayer in Your name ,Jesus, Amen.
Oh the Blood of Jesus! I praise You Lord!!
Thank You Jesus for loving me soooo much that You gave Your life that I might live today... praise God hallelujah 🙌
As Genesis shows us that God shed blood to cover the shame and sin of Adam and Eve, Paul’s teachings remind us that the Blood of Christ had to be shed to redeem the shame and sin of those who seek His love. It important to remember that both our bodies and spirit need redemption, and thus it is important to not just “think” like Jesus but to “act” like Jesus. Thank you Jesus for your mighty acts of obedience unto death and resurrection. Praise be to God, Son, and Holy Ghost...Amen.
Thank you for your unconditional love Lord
Thank you Lord for setting me free. Help me be the person I need to be.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Amen!🙏🏼💚
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Heavenly Father help us to always realize we are holy because You are holy. Thank you for making us. In Jesus name I pray Amen
Jesus has freely given us eternal life for all who believe that he died for them. Jesus help my faith grow in you. Let me believe you died for me so I can be redeemed from the bonds of sin and become holy life you. Holy Spirit fill me and guide me today so my holy living will glorify Jesus name. Heavenly Father thank you for choosing me to believe in Jesus. Please help me live in such a way to praise you and glorify you today. Amen
Amen