Dave's Daily Devo - February 16


Matthew 20:28

Cop shows often use it as a plot. The setting is a bank robbery. We hear the sirens and see the police arrive just before the robbers can make their getaway. The leader of the gang suddenly seizes a bystander in the bank, puts a gun to her head, and forces the gathering assault team of law enforcement officers not to make their move. Behind their steel shields and police cars, the lead officer uses his bull horn to establish communication with the lead thief. Suddenly, one of his detectives offers to go in and take the hostage’s place. An agreement is made, and we watch the hero make the long march to the front door of the bank, see him grabbed from the inside, and then the original hostage is allowed to run free. If the plot ends in tragedy, the officer who gave himself as a ransom gets shot by the thieves in the melee as the SWAT team makes their assault. We all know what the freed hostage feels about the one who set her free.

Just before Jesus arrived in Jerusalem for the last week of His earthly life, He used this idea of “ransom” to tell His disciples the essence of His earthly mission.

Even so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom in the place of the many.” - Matthew 20:28

The thing that concerns me about this story of redemption is that I meet a lot of folks who have decided that the bank robber is actually the “good guy” in the story. When he lets them play with the money and promises that his gang is the place to be, the place where human passion can be expressed and pleasure enjoyed to the fullest, they forget that he’s a liar, a thief, and a murder. So when I try to tell them that they can run free from his clutches because Jesus already paid the price of their ransom, they look at me like I’m crazy. Why run away from the adrenalin rush, the camaraderie, and the sheer pleasure of the “in”gang?

What comforts me is that this complacency in the arms of the ultimate thief is not new. Many rejected Jesus’ offer to deliver them, but there were many who saw the great exchange and ran away from bondage out into forgiveness and the freedom of becoming one of God’s children

Why did they nail him to Calvary´s tree;
Why, tell me why was he there?
Jesus the helper, the healer, the friend,
Why, tell me why was he there?

All my iniquities on him were laid;
He nailed them all to the tree.
Jesus, the debt of my sin fully paid,
He paid the ransom for me.
 “Why” by John M. Moore  

LORD, your own disciples struggled to understand what you meant when you said you would be our ransom. But they did get the message after your resurrection and their celebration of deliverance and forgiveness moved thousands to trust You. During the build up to Easter this year move many to run free from Satan’s grasp because they trust in the ransom you provided, your death on the cross.

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