Leb Blog

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Ransom for Many

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)
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
We gather together as free men and women to celebrate Christmas. As Christians we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  In addition, we look to the cross, the place that was destined for this little innocent life held by Mary and Joseph.
A Miracle in the barn!
Yes God in the flesh, Emmanuel.  
The Scriptures read like this, "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)
A Ransom.  
This little baby came to free men and women that were jailed.  A people confined by their sin and destined for separation from their Creator forever.
He stepped into time and became an exchange, a payment to free those trapped by their disobedience. 
They had traded life for death.
Here comes the Redeemer.  
"He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deatheven death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:7-8)
He indeed is the Savior of the World.
A ransom for many.
Are you in the many?  Truly he came to die for ALL but not all have responded.
Imagine you are held captive by an enemy.  You have been deprived of living a full life.  You have been separated from Love.  In the middle of the night the rescue plan begins to unfold. Truly the plan has been a long time in the making.  Your ransom has been paid. You are free to go.  Who would remain in the deplorable condition?  Who would choose to live life as a prisoner? Who would turn away "the rescue plan"?
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
A ransom for many.
Are you in the many?  
God bless you!~Liz