1 Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish of spot.”
In the passage we examined this last week on Sunday this portion of the scripture stood out to me. We were enslaved to sin, death and the evil one because we had all turned our back on God. Instead of pursuing him, we pursued other things and rebelled against a holy and perfect God who created the universe. Instead of turning to him in thanks, we turned to other things and in doing so incurred death upon ourselves. We were in a terrible situation and Peter recognizes this here! We were in deep trouble because we had broken relationship with God and there is a price to doing that, which is death.
Peter says, listen someone had to pay the price for your sin, rebellion and offense against the perfect God of the universe. The truth is, we couldn’t pay the price with gold or silver. We couldn’t pay it with anything we could gain. It was too big of an offense. It was too great a cost. We now can’t stand before a Holy Perfect God with the things available to us. What could we offer to the one who created everything? We couldn’t pay with perishable things. Something had to be done so that the problem could be fixed.
Enter God stage left. Putting on flesh, Jesus came into the world to save the world. Giving us, not a perishing thing, but his own blood, he came, lived a perfect life and died a death he did not deserve, to set us free from the wrath we had rightly deserved. Now, instead of God’s wrath being poured out onto us, we are now spared because He did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all! If God would give Jesus to us, how will he not also graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32).
God has given us so much friends! We talk about the precious blood of Jesus because it was only the only thing that was pure enough to save us. Not by the things we have on this earth, not by our actions could we be saved, but by God himself sparing us so he could adopt us into his family because instead of pouring the wrath on us and looking lovingly on Jesus, he now looks lovingly on us because His wrath was poured out on Jesus.
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