“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant… now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”Hebrews 9:15
On television I have seen physical hostage situations that look very scary. Thankfully, I have never experienced anything similar. But at times in my own life, I have felt like a spiritual hostage of my own guilt, paralyzed by the feeling that I can never make up for past mistakes and failures. Although not physically held at gunpoint, this boulder of lies weighs me down, and I imagine that redemption is impossible. Does that sound familiar to you?
Jesus, our solid Rock, changes all of this by freeing sinners like you and me from the law through a new covenant of His grace. Christ’s often misunderstood grace affirms the impossibility of earning salvation through good deeds. No amount of good deeds can cover for sinful hearts born separated from our holy God. Redemption can never be the result of human striving. Only faith in the One who died in our place and was resurrected produces victory over sin and death.
We have been ransomed! What had been impossible became possible in Christ who purchased us back from certain death.
“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)