The Cost of Redemption

1 Peter 1:18-19

“…you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby, and our family is getting closer and closer to making that decision with each passing day. Of course, we all know that this is a very expensive process—that’s no secret. But a few months ago, I realized that it was probably going to be several thousand dollars more expensive than even I had anticipated. Worth every penny, no doubt, but this new information was likely to put a very real kink in the logistical feasibility of our plans. I remember asking out loud, and to no one in particular, “Why does adoption have to cost so much?”

“So much?” I felt God whisper the question in the privacy of my own heart. And all of a sudden, the parallels between adoption and REDEMPTION began to resonate throughout my soul.

Galatians 4:4-7 declares that “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive adoption as sons.” What’s more, Colossians 1:13-14 tells us that “He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

And just how much did that cost? It cost the blood of Jesus, His very life. According to 1 Peter 1:18-19, we “were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold …but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” Mark 10:45 says further that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” A ransom. Have you ever heard of an inexpensive ransom? So, in short, our redemption cost EVERYTHING. We might ask how God did it, and the answer is clear in Ephesians 1:7: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

In light of this greatest of sacrifices, more costly than gold and willingly offered, I am convinced that, if I ever do have the chance to hold my adopted baby in my arms, I will be asking myself, How in the world did this cost so little?

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