Thought for the month – March 2020

There is a country weather saying, “A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom”. This saying, variants of which have been recorded as far back as the 1500s, recognises that dry weather in March, often a wet and windy month, allows the ground to be cultivated to produce a good seedbed, which will result in a better crop and greater yields.

The word “ransom” occurs 13 times in the Authorised Version of the Bible. In the Old Testament it is often used in relation to the slave and the sum of money required to set that slave at liberty. The Lord Jesus said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34). The Greek word he uses for servant means bond servant or slave.

The Lord Jesus said, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mat 20:28) This was the reason he came into our world, to deliver us from the penalty and power of sin.

He came as a perfect, sinless man in order that He could offer Himself to God as a sacrifice for sin. The Bible teaches me that He has paid the penalty of sin through His death upon the cross and the shedding of His blood.

Peter tells us “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet 1:18-19). This is a sum far exceeding any “King’s ransom”.

A ransom can be offered but it only becomes effective if it is accepted. God requires each one of us to believe in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to receive forgiveness and deliverance from the power and judgment of our sin.

David & Mary Honeyball