We are now in the season of Eastertide, the 50 days spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. This is a season of great joy as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and the life-transforming gift of our salvation accomplished through the events of Holy Week. Each week of Eastertide, we will continue our faith journey by focusing on one particular aspect of Jesus’ life, ministry and self-giving sacrifice on our behalf. May the following words of assurance fill your heart with joy.
Jesus Christ - Our Ransom
Rev. Alister McGrath: Ransom - what is the meaning for us? Consider this image: there are some people in captivity and they cannot break free. Unless someone is able to liberate them, they will remain trapped. A ransom price is demanded by their captors. The greater the value of those captured, the greater the value of the ransom demanded. The Christian Gospel is clear on this point: God showed the amazing depth of his love for us by paying an astonishing, unsurpassable ransom for each of us. The God who promised, through the great Old Testament prophets, to visit and redeem his people, did precisely that through coming to dwell among us in Jesus. God entered into our situation in order to transform it. Far from demanding that we raise ourselves to heaven, he came down from heaven in order to bring us there himself.
Rev. Rueben Job: I can do nothing to earn my salvation. My redemption is a pure gift of grace, a gift offered to me without qualification or reservation. I am God’s beloved, embraced in God’s love for now and eternity. All words are inadequate to describe the extravagance of this wondrous gift of salvation.
A Guide to Prayer for All God's People
Here is the point:
The crowds called upon Christ
to come down from the cross and save himself.
But he chose not to.
He stayed there and saved us instead.
“The Son of Man came
not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life a ransom for many.”
God our Savior desires
everyone to be saved and to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God;
there is also one Mediator
between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all.
I Timothy 2:3-6
You were ransomed from
the futile ways inherited from your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ,
like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
Through him you have come to trust in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are set on God.
I Peter 1:18-19, 21