“For you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
Someone speaking at church last night made a statement that has been resonating in my heart:
Christ purchased us with His blood.
Every crack of the whip, laced with bone and metal, tearing flesh and muscle. Every blow driving a crown of thorns more deeply into His head. Every pounding of the hammer firmly securing the nails through His wrists and feet. Every agonizing moment struggling for breath to declare His last words from the cross. It was for us. Each detail allowed with specific intention and unfathomable love.
Pouring out His blood as a sacrifice.
Paying our ransom with every drop, until it was accomplished once and for all.
It hits my heart every time I hear or read the words of the chief priests and scribes, who mocked Him saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself” (Mark 15:31). Because He could have. Jesus could have saved Himself.
But He chose to save us instead.
Desiring forgiveness for us to the point of requesting it for those who had delivered Him to the cross, those who mocked and betrayed and reviled Him, those who shouted, “Crucify!” and reveled in His apparent defeat. In the midst of this excruciating pain, choosing to cry out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
It’s hard for me to find words here…but let this not be just another weekend for us. Just another holiday and time with family. Just another retelling of the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. May it not just skim across the surface of our hearts without reaching into the depths.
Because Jesus chose to save us instead.
He chose the cross. He chose the scourging. He chose the shame. He chose the crown of thorns and the mocking of the crowd.
He chose to be the Lamb, broken and slain, blood poured out on the altar of God’s holiness. To ransom us, people of every tribe, language, people, and nation, all who would believe in Him, for the glory of God and for the salvation we could not hope to attain ourselves.