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The Ransom Price

16 Jul

Today God has given me something in Psalm 49, verses 5 through 9, which says:

Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit. (Psalms 49:5-9)

The Psalmist’s point is quite simple: It doesn’t matter how rich you are, you can never buy your way out of Hell. You can be the most wonderful man in the World, or you can be the most hated person on Earth; likewise you can be the richest, or the poorest person to ever live, either way, it won’t make a bit of difference when you die. That’s just a fact of life, we all die eventually and we can’t take what we’ve accrued during our lifetime with us.

However, the Psalmist got one thing wrong. To ransom someone’s life is indeed costly, and no one who is only a man can pay the price for another to go to Heaven. Which is why it took Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection in order to ransom us. We don’t have to try to buy our way into Heaven, Jesus already paid full price for us. It doesn’t matter if we can’t take anything with us when we die, every Christian is heading somewhere where money and possessions don’t matter.

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