He Came as a Ransom for Many {Advent Devotional}

By Bill McIntyre


What is a ransom? The Oxford English dictionary defines it as:


‘a sum of money demanded or paid for the release of a captive’


You may very well believe that you are not a captive but a free person and therefore no ransom is needed.


But, the reason we need a ransom to be paid for us is that through the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden we have sold ourselves into sin and, like Adam and Eve, we have been alienated from a Holy God.

The ransom paid was to free us up from this slavery to sin.

There has been no such thing as real freedom since Adam fell. Adam was free, but not a single person since Adam has ever been free. We might like to think we are free but it is just a worldly freedom that allows us to roam this earth without being owned by any other person.

But we have been owned or bound ever since the fall of Adam when he ate that fruit.We have been owned or bound by the sin that rules this world from the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and did what he asked them not to do in Genesis 2:16:


And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.


From that moment we had run away and sold ourselves into slavery. But God pays a ransom and redeems us out of slavery into the Father’s house.

Then Jesus gave his life as a ransom, our slave masters, sin and death and the devil, had to give up their claim on us.

And the amazing, wonderful result was that we could be adopted into the family of God. Our sins have been forgiven and we have been washed clean.

Paul put it like this in Galatians 4:4-5


But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.


In other words the redemption or the ransom frees us to be a part of God’s family.

To do that, God’s Son had to become a human being so that he could suffer and die in our place to pay the ransom.


That is the meaning of Christmas.


Hebrews 2:14 puts it like this;

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

In other words, the reason Christ took on human flesh was so that he could die and in dying pay a ransom and free us from the power of death.

He paid the price for our sins that we could never pay.

So to go back to our friend Herr Feuerbach.

Is this an elaborate creation of desperate human imagination, or is it God’s exact provision for our need?


        Lord, help me to fully understand the enormity of the gift that your son gave for me when he paid my debts with his life on that cross. He gave his life for me and I pour out my thanks to you. As the hymn writer so aptly put it:





This is the meaning of Christmas. – He came as a ransom for many.



  1. I’m soooo thankful for this! So undeserving but so thankful that this Gift is available to all who will receive


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  2. It is a hard step for many to take – realize that we are all slaves to sin and need a ransom to be paid for us. But yes, the reason for Christmas is so that Jesus could be born, live and then die for all of us.


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  3. He gave us SO much – and even if nothing else, He gave His life for us

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  4. Even more difficult to accept than being a slave to sin, is that all sin is equal in the eyes of God. Praise HIM, my chains are gone and I am free!

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  5. Praise the Lord that He offers us complete forgiveness through his own sacrifice!!!


  6. Such a great post…and I love that verse from Amazing Grace that you have at the end. One of my favorite songs!

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  7. This is simply and beautifully written and the graphics make it so festive! I love the way you said we haven’t been truly free since Adam…so true. That is the hope Christmas brings–freedom!

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  8. Love advent devotionals, and I love this!

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  9. Yes, *this* is the reason for Christmas! Thanks for this devotional.

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