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That’s why he had to be one. The ransom could only be paid by the Son of Man, because the ransom was life given up in death.

V. How Was the Ransom Paid?

Fifth, how was the ransom paid?

The ransom was paid voluntarily. It was not coerced from Jesus. As Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45a). He needed no service from us. He was the giver, not the receiver. “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18). The price was paid freely; it was not forced. He freely chose to rescue us at the cost of his life.

VI. How Many Does the Ransom Cover?

And sixth, how many does the ransom cover?

How many did Christ effectively ransom from sin? He said that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45b). Yet not everyone will be ransomed from the wrath of God.

But the offer is for everyone. Paul said to Timothy, “There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

No one will be excluded from this salvation who embraces the treasure of the ransoming Jesus Christ.


Have you been ransomed by Jesus Christ? Did he give his life to release you from the condemnation of God?

If you have been ransomed by the blood of Jesus, give thanks to God tonight.

If you have not yet been ransomed by the blood of Jesus, cry out to him tonight and ask him to apply his ransom to you so that you too can be covered by the blood of Christ. Amen.