A Ransom For Many
“. . .the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NASB)
I have heard some say, “Even if there is a God such as the Bible speaks of, a God who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, a God who speaks worlds into existence, He would not be concerned about insignificant, finite creatures such as we are.” This is the devil’s lie. There is such a God, the God of the Bible; and He is concerned about us. We are not insignificant in His sight. According to the words of Jesus, one soul is worth more than the wealth of all the world (Matt. 16:26).
God was so concerned for our souls that He gave heaven’s best, His only begotten Son, to die for us, that we might live eternally with Him (John 3:16).
The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). To pay the wages of sin it was a divine necessity that one die for the sins of the people, or all the world would die. What God demanded, only God could supply–but God cannot die (Psalm 90:2). Therefore it was imperative that He take a body in which He could die in order to pay sin’s debt. Christ fulfilled every jot and tittle of the law (Matt. 5:17), and in perfect obedience to the law He satisfied the righteousness and holiness of God. Then He willingly went to the cross and laid down His life that you and I might have eternal life (John 10:18).
God purchased the Church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus did not try to hide the fact that He was God in the flesh. He said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Jews understood the meaning of what He said, and they took up stones to stone Him. They declared that He ought to be put to death for blasphemy because He made Himself equal with God. He was God in the flesh; and later, when Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father,” Jesus replied: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”