Ransomed and Reclaimed

     Jesus clearly predicted his passion, going to the cross at Calvary, All four Gospels recall this event. Peter's confession of Jesus' Messiahship at Caesarea Philippi is a turning point in his ministry. After Caesarea Philippi a new note entered Jesus' teaching. He began to teach that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things and be killed, and be raised on the third day.. The mission of Jesus was obscure to his disciples. However, his goal and the essence of his mission was to give his life as a ransom that the lost might be regained. Jesus viewed his own death as the price by which those whose lives were forfeited to sin and death would be reclaimed.

     Isaiah 53 is a vivid example for the background of this concept. They're the servant of the Lord pours out his soul unto death and is numbered with the transgressors and he bears the sins of many. (Isaiah 53:12.) At times Jesus and the cross that he bore seem distant and far removed from the reality of our everyday lives. However, it is when we get in touch with the significance of his mission that we understand a far deeper meaning in his dying than just the physical death.

     Can you identify with the issues Jesus identified with; abandonment, accusation, disappointment, ridicule?  Jesus was ransomed for you and me that we might live the good life in peace with God and our fellow man. As we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, we will encounter a turning point that will challenge us to accept these  issues as opportunities for God to move and work in our lives. Remember Paul encouraged us to know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil 4:13)