Words from the Heart for Friday April 10th, 2020
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
God Paid a Ransom
The Canadian government’s stated policy of not paying ransom came under renewed scrutiny after the murder of hostage John Ridsdel in the Philippines back in 2016. Ridsdel was abducted alongside fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor from a Philippine resort by militants from Abu Sayyaf, a radical Islamic group based in the country’s southern islands. Hall was last seen in a video released by the terrorist group earlier in April. In the video, Hall urges for action from the government.
On the Day of Atonement in Israel – Yom Kippur – all of Israel comes to a stop. It is the high holy day for the Jews. This day they recognize their sinfulness and remember the sacrifices that were once made for sin at the great Temple in Jerusalem. Today is Good Friday. It is the celebration of the once and forever Day of Atonement when Jesus died on the Cross so that the sin of every man, woman and child can be wiped away. The Apostle Peter, who perhaps more than all the disciples except Judas needed Jesus’ forgiveness, wrote this in 1 Peter 1:18-19: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” Through Jesus’ death on the Cross, God paid the ransom for our sin, setting us free from the clutches of sin and Satan. Have you experienced the joy that comes by accepting this ransom by faith in Jesus? If not, today can be your Day of Atonement.
These have been words from the heart.