“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ,the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 18,19 NLT
In First Peter the blood of Christ is called precious. The word precious means “valuable”. In the Old Testament the blood of animals was used to atone for the sins of the people. Each animal had a specific value.The value of the life corresponds to the life that was in it. The life of a sheep or goat was of less value than the life of an ox. Therefore the blood of a sheep or goat in an offering was of less value than the blood of an ox.
But what about the value of the life of a man? It is more valuable than many sheep or oxen. And who can tell the value of the blood Jesus? In that blood, dwelt the life of the Holy Son of God.
Silver or Gold was not a sufficient price to redeem us. It would have done no good if I would have shed my blood, nor any other human. Only the sinless, spotless blood of Jesus could pay our sin debt. Ephesians 1:7bNLT says, “He[God] purchased our freedom with the blood of his son and forgave our sins.” It’s the precious blood of Jesus that gave us freedom from sin and eternal death.
You are loved with an everlasting love, Mike Vaughn