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“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.”


that you were not redeemed

Mark 10:45 sets forth the vicarious death of Christ for our sin, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  The word “for” means “in place of.”  Jesus died in our place. 

Jesus does for the many what they cannot do for themselves and what no other can do for them.  He took our place of suffering for sin.  Jesus vicariously suffered death on behalf of those who fall victim to death (Mk. 14:24).

Jesus’ vicarious ministry involves the necessity of dying.  Mark 10:45 does not explain why God requires a ransom instead of just liberating us freely. God does not owe explanations to anyone but follows his own wise and righteous will.

Jesus accepted this. In doing so, he disclosed to us that his death was obedient service to God on the one hand and vicarious service for us on the other, whereby he secured freedom from sin. By his death, Jesus fulfilled the condition of God’s standard for eternal life. 

Acts 20:28,  “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

Romans 3:24, “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

2 Peter 2:1, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”

Revelation 5:9-10, “And they sang a new song, saying:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll,

And to open its seals;

For You were slain,

And have redeemed us to God by Your blood

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

And have made us kings and priests to our God;

And we shall reign on the earth.’”


Jesus took our place in suffering for sin.


In football and other sports, we send in substitutes.  God sent his substitute – the Lord Jesus Christ.  He took our place.  He suffered for our sins.  He did all of the suffering that anyone will ever need to suffer.  We are now free from the penalty of sin if we personally trust that he has done this for us.