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Friday, July 2, 2021

Carmany Road Farm
A farm on Carmany Road where Brooksyne walks with Mollie and Sadie in our neighborhood. After several days of very hot, humid weather and a long dry period we were blessed to get a nice rain storm yesterday.

"The Greatest Ransom Ever Paid"

Message summary: Jesus paid this ransom with His own blood. He gave Himself as "a ransom for all". If you are reading this you can be assured that you are included. His blood "ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation". This is all a result of the greatest ransom ever paid.

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"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2:5,6). "And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth'” (Revelation 5:9,10).

This last Sunday in church we sang "How Deep The Father's Love For Us" and this familiar verse really blessed me:

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

In modern usage we normally associate the word "ransom" with a kidnapping or abduction. The Oxford dictionary defines it as "the sum of money or other payment demanded or paid for the release of a prisoner".

But in recent years we are hearing the word used in the term "ransomware" which is "a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid". (Wikipedia) This last spring the Colonial Pipeline C ompany had such an attack and many were affected with a shortage in gasoline. They did end up paying a ransom although I believe much of it was recovered.

Martin Luther wrote "For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe" in the great hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God". That has been the devil's strategy from the very beginning. In this message we will call him the woe-maker!

Today we want to consider the greatest ransom ever paid. The entire human race is held captive under the curse of sin. We are (before conversion) "separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). Jesus summarized His ministry, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).

Jesus paid this ransom with His own blood. As the song states, "His wounds have paid my ransom". He gave Himself as "a ransom for all". If you are reading this you can be assured that you are included. His blood "ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation".

When we get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! I can only imagine the future celebration that will be marked by unending gratitude, joy, harmony and love as we join the ransomed of all the ages from every tribe, language, people and nation. What will this "new song" sound like? Will we all sing in a new heavenly language or will we hear the scores of languages now used all around the world? Only God knows but we can be assured it will be wonderful there!

This is all a result of the greatest ransom ever paid.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, thank You for sending Jesus who paid our ransom, who made a way of escape so that we do not receive eternal punishment that we  deserve but rather receive salvation that we do not deserve. You are not a respecter of persons but rather You provide salvation to every tribe, tongue, and nation, for all who testify that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died for their sins. We look forward to that great future reunion in heaven where we will celebrate with the saints of all the ages by singing "Worthy is the Lamb to receive glory, honor, power and strength forevermore!" Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"How Deep The Father's Love"  Video  Austin Stone Worship Live

"Chainbreaker"  Video  Gaither Vocal band

"Waymaker"  Video   The Christ Church Choir

"Behold Our God"  Video   Calvary Church Choir and Orchestra (From a service three years ago)

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