For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. -Mark 10:45, NIV
A ransom is something that is paid to provide for the release of someone who is held captive. Jesus paid our ransom to free us from sin, death, and hell. Throughout the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are found God’s requirements for sacrifices. In Old Testament times, God commanded the Israelites to make animal sacrifices for substitution atonement; that is, an animal’s death took the place of a person’s death, death being the penalty for sin (Romans 6:23). The Law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours (except ours are sinful). God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature, but instead follow the Spirit (Romans 8:3-4). Jesus paid the ransom for our lives to God. That ransom was His own life, the shedding of His own blood, a sacrifice. Due to His sacrificial death, each person on earth has the opportunity to accept that gift of atonement and be forgiven by God. For without His death, God’s Law would still need to be satisfied—by our own death.
Father: Thank you for sending your precious only Son as a Ransom for my sins. To show my love and appreciation, I give you my heart. Forgive me for my sins and restore in me a pure and clean heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
BAKED CHICKEN CASSEROLE
4 chicken breasts or 1 cut up chicken
1 cup rice, uncooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups water
1 packet onion soup mix
Place chicken and rice in baking dish. Mix together soup, water, and onion soup mix; spread over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.