Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A King's Ransom

One day I was watching a Sherlock Holmes episode from the series with Jeremy Brett. Holmes was hired to find the Duke's son who had been kidnapped. Of course Sherlock deciphered the mystery and found the only son and heir of the Duke. It had been agreed that Holmes' payment would be six hundred pounds, but upon receiving his payment the check read twelve thousand pounds. Sherlock's response was, "A King's Ransom." The Duke replied, "Yes, because you have saved my son."
 (In U.S. dollars Homes expected to receive around fifteen hundred dollars, but received more like twenty-eight thousand dollars).

I had never heard the term 'A King's Ransom' before, but something in me was touched. I looked up the term on wikipedia. It simply said, "large amount of money: an enormous sum of money."  It started me thinking about the ransom that was paid for me. What had my Father in heaven paid for my ransom? He paid the highest price ~a King's Ransom. A King's ransom for me. God the Father sent his only Son, Jesus, as payment for my lost soul. Jesus is my ransom! "For even 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)

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
 that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life."(John 3:16)

So if I received a 'King's ransom' what does that say about how God sees me? God sees me as His own. His family. His child. The enemy had stolen me, kidnapped me, and God the Father wanted me back. He would not stand by and allow the enemy to have a hold on me. To have a hold me for all eternity. So, He paid the highest price for me and for you.

"Greater love has no one than this,
 that he lay down his life for his friends."
 (John 15:13)

As we come upon Easter and reflect on the cross
remember God gave His one and only Son as a ransom for you~
His beloved daughter or son.
YOU are HIS.
YOU are His child.
And He has done everything He could to save you,
to ransom you.
His love is so great~
It is the love of the Father.
Happy Easter Everyone!