Coming this Sunday: Message 7 of Christ Crucified
Christ Crucified As Our Ransom & Redeemer
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
As a nation, we owe nearly $933 billion in credit card debt. The average American household has nearly $16,000 in credit card debt with each member of the family owning about 3 credit cards. Americans get debt. We are enslaved by our debt. But the Bible says that we have an even greater debt and an even greater slavery. By the sins we have done and the good we have left undone, we have accumulated spiritual debt. Insurmountable, infinite, could-never-ever-pay-back, debt. And this spiritual debt has left us enslaved. Enslaved to the very sin that got us in debt in the first place. And though God owed us nothing, He has redeemed us. On the Cross, Jesus became our ransom and our redeemer. This Sunday we celebrate the incredible, mind-blowing truth that Jesus paid our debt and set us free.
Scripture: Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19
Questions to Consider:
1. Why do you think God chose the metaphors of debt and slavery when talking about our sin?
2. How or why do you/your friends struggle with this idea that we are indebted or enslaved spiritually?
3. How do we try to repay our spiritual debt? Why is this impossible and futile?
4. What does it mean to say that Christ became our ransom? Our redeemer?
5. In light of Christ as our ransom and redeemer, why is Christ crucified precious to you today?