Jesus paid a price for our rescue.

He didn’t pay it to anyone, but rather it came from Him. It’s similar to saying, “I won the race, but I paid a price! I hurt all over!”

The word translated “ransom” carries the idea of rescue. The Greek is lutron; something to loosen with, a redemption price. The English, ransom, means deliverance, liberation, release. This is what Jesus read from Isaiah 61 when He began His ministry. [Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,(KJV)]

Ransom is not always a monetary price paid to a captor. It can be the act of liberation and the work or action required to accomplish it.

We are rescued!

Hosea 13:14: “I will RANSOM them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction!” (KJV)

The Greek word, antilutron, means “an equivalent, corresponding price.” This concept of a corresponding price is part of God’s way. It is expressed in Israel’s Law Covenant: Thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, (Exodus21:23-24).

Jesus gave His life for all lives that came after Him. [(1 Corinthians 15:45) JKV – And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.]

And: [(Rom 5:18) J.P. Green’s Literal Translation – So then, as through one deviation it was toward all men to condemnation (the Greek basically means “into all humans came the adverse sentence” ), so also through one righteous act toward all men to justification (acquittal) of (into) life (for all). (Amplification added)]

All humans, including Adam, die. That was the cost of his deviation/hamartia after disobeying God’s instructions – being denied the fruit of the tree of life. 

Jesus came and paid the cost so that by faith in Him, all can have eternal life, which the tree of life in the Garden represented. Jesus is also the new tree of life.

We do not live under the Mosaic law (and Gentiles never did) but rather live in the grace/unqualified favor and divine influence on the heart, given to us by God.

Jesus made a new covenant, or testament, sealed by his own blood (an ancient concept since before Abraham). It is a testament, and for a testament to be in force, the testator must die. It is also a covenant.

[Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.]

Since Jesus is the fulfillment of all things foreshadowed by the Old Testament, He is both testator and mediator of the new covenant.

Mt 3:15 – But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

Mt 5:17 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

Heb 9:15 – And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Jesus is the covenant maker, and He is the mediator (because He rose from the dead and a mediator must be living). Only God could do such a thing.

In Jesus, we are in eternal covenant with God and have assurance of grace/unqualified favor. Just as He is both the offering and the mercy seat, He is all to us and fulfills all requirements for our reconciliation to God.

We do not have any part in it but to have faith in Him.

The new covenant  has less to do with “sin” but everything to do with grace and mercy – and the love nature of God. Our human nature, our tragic flaw, our frailty that causes us to miss the mark, that is what made the new covenant necessary, but God is not mad. Big difference. It was all part of His plan from the foundation of the earth.

Guilt has no part in us, for neither Jew nor Gentile are under any obligation to the vanished-away law. Our obsession with sin is misplaced.

We don’t have to understand the Old Testament and all those laws, or feel guilty. We are his creation, and our human condition in Adam has caused us to deviate from the path, to miss the mark, and we cannot share in the prize of life unless we trust Him to get us there.

We can stay in our messed-up state, or we can be changed.

All Jesus says is to come. If we already have trusted Him, we are free to know God as our Papa, and Jesus as our Brother and Friend. That is why the message of Jesus is called the good news. Lift your hands and praise Him!