Have you ever had to re-buy something that you lost?
Do you remember the story of the Exodus? The Hebrews were leaving Egypt where they had been slaves for many years. It was Passover night, and God had asked the people to sacrifice a lamb and paint the blood of the lamb on the door posts. That lamb was called a “ransom.” Back then a ransom was a payment that you made to free someone from slavery. For the Hebrews the ransom that God required was the blood of the lamb.
The lamb died in place of the people.
Hundreds of years later the Apostle Peter would use these same ideas from Passover to talk about how Jesus died for us. Listen to what he says here in chapter one of his first letter:
1 Peter 1:18-19. 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
The Hebrews couldn’t save themselves from slavery, so God saved them. And each and every year the Hebrews would celebrate that same Passover feast. Why? So that they would never forget that God had saved them.
And that is exactly what Peter wants you and me to remember each and every day too. God saved us. How? Not with the blood of a lamb. And not with money like gold or silver. He saved us with the precious blood of Christ.
And now that God has rescued us from our own slavery, not to Pharaoh, but to sin and death, we belong to God. You see when someone ransomed you, they now owned you. You became their possession. So when God ransomed the Hebrews they became his people again. He bought them back!
And if you are a Christian then God has bought you back too. You belong to him. And there is no better place to be than in the hand of God. Why? Because God doesn’t own us to make us his slaves. He owns us to make us his kids. And as his kids we get to share everything he has. All his love and all his world. No matter what. It’s all ours with God when we trust in Christ.
Have you been ransomed by God through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross? I hope so.
Because of Jesus we have been ransomed by God and made his own.
With Jesus we can live free from sin and trust God instead.
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Review the Passover story be watching this video. Talk about how Jesus ransomed us once and for all when he died on the cross.
Because of your precious blood I am free from slavery to sin and death. Thank you for rescuing me and buying me so that I can be yours.
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