“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”- Mark 10:45
In the ’90’s there was a movie starring Mel Gibson named “Ransom.” In the film a son was kidnapped, and the captors demanded a tidy sum for the child’s release. In today’s verse Christ tells us that he is the ransom for our enslavement to sin.
To drive the point home let’s look at the last three words of today’s verse. A ransom signifies a loosing, it sets a debtor free. The word “for” means “in behalf of” which indicates the substitutionary death that Christ died in our place. He paid the penalty for our sin. “Many” is meant to contrast the situation. One person (Christ) died and the ransom is paid for many. Amen! We go through a lot in our lives, and there are time we feel down. On a personal note I like to remember his verse. It reminded me that I was bought with a very large price tag, and I must live up to the servant leadership of my master. Let us never forget what Christ did for us. He ransomed us so we may have life eternal!