A King’s ransom

A Message From Pastor Austin
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
In 1193, the English King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was returning from leading a crusade to the Holy Land. As he returned through Europe, Leopold V captured him in Austria. The Holy Roman Emperor demanded a ransom for Richard's release. The price was to be 150,000 marks, equal to three tons of silver. This was an enormous ransom demand. But the people of England so loved their king they submitted to extra taxation, and many nobles donated their fortunes for Richard's release. After many months, the money was raised and King Richard returned to England. That's where we get the expression, "a king's ransom."
But to us, the term "a King's ransom" could better be applied to the tremendous price Jesus, the King of Kings, paid for our sins on the cross. This King wasn't being ransomed; He paid the ransom so we can be set free. It is the most expensive ransom in the history of mankind.
Our Lord, Jesus, paid the ransom for YOU. He didn’t run away or ignore the demand, but instead he willingly journeyed towards Jerusalem, where his great and awful fate awaited. Though he asked God to "remove this cup" he was about to take, he knew that in the shadows of Gesthemane his answer had already been delivered. On the cross, Jesus shouted for us--“It is finished.”
We didn’t pay the price for the King; no, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords paid the ransom for us. 
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
Now, in joy and thanksgiving, we can serve him by serving those whom he purchased with his blood.  He gave his life FOR YOU.  Thank you, Jesus! 
Jesus, we thank you for what you have done. Help us to live joyfully every day, knowing that we are loved and saved by you and that there is nothing we can do to earn your grace. We thank you for giving us hope, new life, and peace.  You alone, Lord Jesus, are all we need.