Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hosea 13:14; 1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:12, 18; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Why did Jesus have to die for us? Why did he have to save us? Our opening Scripture tells us God gave us Jesus Christ as a ransom for all. The ransom was the means by which God could justly release us all from the sentence on Adam and his descendants (1 Corinthians 15:22). “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death” (Hosea 13:14)
What therefore is a ransom? A ransom, as translated from the Greek word used in the opening verse, “antilutron”, means “An equivalent, corresponding price”. An example of this is seen in Exodus 21:23-24, “… You shall give life for life, eye for eye…” What was the corresponding price for our sins? A perfect life, lived fully in the obedience of God for a failed perfect life (of Adam) and that perfect atonement for sins once for all satisfies all of God’s justice system in that we who believe in Him are made perfect in Jesus Christ.
But is it justice or just us? Justice or just us? Christ died for the sins of all the world (1 John 2:2) that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18) for by one man sin entered the world and death by sin upon all men…even so by the righteousness of one, Jesus, the free gift came upon all men (Romans 5:12,18).
Therefore, it is imperative that this free gift (which is only found in Jesus) be known unto all. Are you living that life? Do your reactions show that life? This justice is not for just us but all. So take your light and go light your world for Jesus is coming back again and that right soon.