Lent 2009 (35) – Being bought back

The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst… For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. 1 Timothy 1:14-15; 2:5-6a

The imagery Paul is using here to explain what Jesus did at the cross is that of hostages taken for ransom . To ransom is to buy someone or something back. The same principle operates in the pawnbroker’s business: when you are hard up you can go and sell something; then when things improve you can go and buy it back (at a higher price, of course) – you ransom or redeem it.

When Jesus died on the cross we were “bought back” for God. He made us and loves us so much that when we went astray he bought us back through Jesus. So, in a sense, we are twice his!

The cross – was it worth it? Yes – although I have gone astray, through the cross I have been bought back by God. Praise him!

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