I’ve seen several movies where children or wives are held ransom for money. Criminals think they can get what they want by taking away something precious. It usually works. They learn the hard way that all the money they may have acquired over the countless days and nights away from family means very little when the family is gone. We are held captive in this world by sin. Sin controls our emotions, actions, words and thoughts. We are brainwashed by the evil deeds and attitudes that surround us. We live with demands of the world and little hope for spiritual freedom. We become robots, living day by day in routine. We are guided by our surroundings, the propaganda proclaimed from the glowing stone that feeds us our daily dose of reality. There seems to be very little hope. Depression drapes over our shoulders and weighs us down, we keep our eyes on the ground looking just a few steps ahead. We are given pills to control our moods and get us through the day. How do we get out of this grip?
There is an answer, a way out of captivity. We can be free from the evil control in life. “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you” (Isaiah 43:4). God saw us in need, He is the Father that sees his beloved child held for ransom. God spared no expense in getting you back. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men” (1 Timothy 2:5-6). God spoke to the criminal, Satan, and told him to take his life in place of ours. Jesus came to earth to be the ransom for our souls held captive by Satan. Jesus died on the cross, sinless and without fault, as payment for our sins. He is the biggest prize that could possibly be given. Because Jesus was fully man and fully God, He rose from the dead 3 days later. He became a living ransom for all who believe in Him. We accept Jesus and receive the freedom and hope in the present life and in everlasting life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).