03/07/10 Someone Has to Pay the Ransom

Posted by Steve Siegrist on Sunday, March 7, 2010 Under: Sermon

Four-Fold Way of the DEATH of CHRIST series.

Message #1

Text: Galatians 3:13


“Just as 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 (HCSB)

Intro: I believe man is naive enough to think that there is nothing they have done wrong, so why would you need someone to pay the price for the redemption of their sins. How’s it go, “I am a good person and I know God would not allow me to go to hell!”


Scripture says that "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." The word "redeemed” means to buy back or to buy from or to ransom. Christ has bought man back and ransomed him from the curse of the law.


There are three observations I would like to make with the thought of a need for someone to pay the ransom for the sins of mankind:


The first observation can only begin to be understood when man can see the problem, and what is the problem you might ask?


1.  The Problem: The Law and fallen mankind


The bible says mankind is cursed, like a plague has set in and that plague is sin, we don’t have the luxury of assuming that this has anything to do with us. Sad note is that there are many who don’t want to believe this plague has anything to do with them; however, “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!”  The problem for mankind has clearly been defined as being separated from God since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve choose to sin.


Romans 7:14-25 (HCSB) 

The problem is sin! And mankind sins!
 
Once we get past the first observation and understand the problem that plagues mankind, it should be encouraging to note that the second observation: God’s has a plan to fix the problem:

2.  The Plan:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (KJV)

Because mankind cannot keep the law we are condemned, doom, death and punishment are inevitable, we are lawbreakers guilty before God, worthy of permanent separation and hell! Well I have a problem with that I do not want to go to hell nor do I wish that on anyone else would go. God has got to have a plan that would allow us to avoid hell and go to heaven right?

The meaning of a ransom is clearly set forth to deliver a thing or person by paying a price; to buy back a person or thing by paying the price for which it is held in captivity. So sin is like a slave market in which sinners are "sold under sin"; souls are under sentence of death. Christ, by His death, buys sinners out of the market, thereby indicating complete deliverance from the service of sin. He looses the bonds, sets the prisoners free, by paying a price — that price being His own precious blood.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;

and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)

Third and final observation tends to the problem, follows the plan God designed, all through the ransom of one person.

3.  The Person:

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8 (KJV)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of a broken law by Himself being made a curse for us. His death was the ransom price paid for our deliverance.

”Who gave Himself — a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.”  1 Timothy 2:6 (HCSB)

“Just as 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 (HCSB)

The person is Jesus Christ, He gave Himself, He came and served!

To say Man has broken the law of God is unquestionable; every honest man knows this. Therefore, every 
man stands guilty before God and must be judged and condemned to bear the curse and punishment of the law. But this is the glorious news: Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. How?

Jesus Christ was made a curse for us. Simply stated, Jesus Christ took our condemnation, doom, death, and punishment upon Himself and bore them all for us. Jesus Christ took our place as the lawbreaker and guilty party before God, and He bore the punishment of the lawbreaker for us.

How was this possible?

1. Because Jesus Christ had obeyed and kept the law of God perfectly. He had never broken the law, not even once. He was sinless and perfect. He had secured the Ideal Righteousness and Perfection before God. Therefore, He bore no guilt and no penalty and no mark of death. He had the right to stand before God and claim eternal life, the right to be accepted by God and to never experience death. He was perfect; He had secured incorruptible righteousness.

2. Because God is love.  Stated as simply as possible, Jesus Christ substituted Himself, His perfect life, for man's sinful life. He substituted His obedience to God for man's disobedience. He bore man's sin and punishment so that man might stand righteous and perfect before God. Jesus Christ bore the curse of the law for us. 

The purpose for Jesus Christ bearing the curse of the law was to open the door of blessing to all men. Christ bearing the curse of the law was the way God fulfilled His promise to Abraham: that all nations would be blessed in him. Christ bearing the curse of the law is also the way that God gives the promises made to Abraham to the world. Any man who believes in Jesus Christ — that Christ bore the curse of the law for him — is accepted by God and given the blessings of the promised land eternally.

The man who believes in Christ receives the promise of God's Holy Spirit, that is, the promise ...

•  of the divine nature.

•  of the new birth. 

•  of being made a new creature. 2 Corinthians 5:17

•  of being made into a new man.

There you have it! Because of sin that was presented by man and the law that was broken there is a problem, someone or something had to fix this. God has a plan, someone has to pay the ransom, that someone or person is Christ! John 3:16

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