Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Mark 10:41-45

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (v. 45)

Apollos was miserable. The Roman army had come into his village after the battle, and they demanded a large sum of money from his father. When his father couldn’t produce the money, they had taken Apollos instead and carried him off to Rome to become a slave.

But Apollos’s father was determined to get enough money to buy his son back. He worked extra hard and asked some relatives to help. Eventually, they collected enough money to pay the ransom, sail to Rome, and bring Apollos back home. Ransom always involves the payment of a price.

Jesus uses the image of a ransom to describe his ministry. The prince of this world won a battle against humanity at the garden of Eden, and he claimed all of us as his captives and slaves. We have no means to purchase our freedom. But our heavenly Father sent his Son to give his life on Calvary. To use his own words, “I have come to give my life as a ransom—for many.” Paul puts it this way, “You were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).


Thank you, dear Jesus, for giving your life as a ransom price to purchase our freedom. Help me appreciate that great gift of love. Amen.