Are we worthy and deserving? No, we are not. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, we were not. Since the existence of sin of our fathers and it’s resulting curse, we were condemned.
Matthew 20:25-28 (ESV) But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came and gave His life as a ransom for many-the scorns and crown of thorns He took upon Himself for the finished work-it is finished. He was the ransom in exchange for the freedom of an unworthy and undeserving people. The freedom from being held bondage in sin. The freedom to know there is something more than just life on earth. The freedom to hope for something greater than our minds can know and our hearts can express. The freedom to choose eternal life or eternal death. This freedom sounds so good and cool but it is also easily forgotten and taken for granted.
Maybe we are still weighing the good and bad of this freedom, as if we know better. Maybe we do not see how great a sacrifice this was. Maybe we do not comprehend what exactly we were and are held ransom for. Maybe there are just so many “maybe” we are using to excuse our nonchalence.
Maybe, just maybe, we will live but not in time to see the light. Maybe, just maybe, we will breathe but not in time to catch a glimpse of the hope. Maybe, just maybe, we will walk this life in circles and circles but not in time to choose eternal life over eternal death. Maybe, just maybe.
Regardless, Jesus obeyed and became the ransom for God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
His beautiful & relentless love makes a soul relentlessly beautiful.