Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways (the empty way of life) inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19
In 1978 Kansas released the song “Dust in the Wind.” It’s kind of a fun sing along song, but yet it reflects the emptiness of life, “Just a drop of water in an endless sea…” King Solomon kind of said the same thing in the book of Ecclesiastes. He was the wisest man, had tons of money and wives and stuff, but yet he concluded it was all “a chasing after the wind,” in Ecc. 2:17.
I was struck by this futility when hearing of an old friend who would go to her dad’s grave every year to pour a can a beer on his grave in remembrance of him. On her way out from the cemetery, she got into a serious car accident. It made me think of the futile and empty ways of trying to make life have meaning.
But with Jesus, life takes on a new meaning, or He gives meaning and value for the first time. Things go from black and white to color. In John 10:10 Jesus declared, “I have come that you might have life, life to the full.” And in John 14:6 He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus came to give us life, meaning to life, abundant life, and a value of life that we can’t know apart from Him.
Everyone tries to figure out life’s meaning and value, with the questions of ‘where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going?’ When you begin to embrace the Bible and its world view, you can see that you have been created by God, the events of your life have meaning and value, and coming into a relationship with Jesus gives you eternal life.
This was made possible by the precious blood of Christ. Jesus shed His blood on the cross so that we could be redeemed, or ransomed from the futile ways of life that we inherited. To be ransomed is to have a price paid to get you back from a kidnapper. Our soul napper is Satan, who took us captive in our sin to do his bidding. Jesus paid the bounty with His blood to buy us back from Satan and to set us free to enjoy this life that is abundant and joy filled. Jesus rose again to demonstrate that He is the Son of God, with power to conquer sin and death. We must claim this personally, asking God to forgive our sin, crying out in belief that Jesus came from God, died for us and rose again and living a life given over to Him.
Last night I was reminded of the truths of 1 Peter 1:18-19 as I sat with women from our County jail in a Bible study. Two women cried in despair as they described the troubles of their lives, of the struggles of addiction and of how they didn’t think that life has any purpose to it. They listened as we talked about the hope that God proclaims that comes from finding life in Him.
Oh God, may they find their hope in You, and may they be rescued from their empty way of life that has brought such pain. Thank you that you have saved me from a hopeless life and that You have given me meaning to life, with the glorious hope of eternity with You. Thank you Jesus, for redeeming me with Your precious blood.
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14