Ever seen one of those movies where a robber comes out of a bank, holding the bags of cash in one hand, and with the other arm he is holding a hostage in front of him? πŸ’°πŸ”«

The bank robber knows that all the money he’s stolen isn’t worth more than the life of the hostage, and that the law enforcement would rather let him get away with the money than risk the life of the hostage. πŸš”

When Adam and Eve sinned Satan took mankind hostage. πŸ”«

God had given ownership of the earth to man, and man, by his own free will, had chosen to give that dominion and authority over to Satan. (Gen 1:18)🍎

Satan now roamed freely across the earth – HIS domain. He would come and go from the throne-room of God to repeatedly accuse mankind of their sin. (Job 1:6, 2:1, 2 Chron. 18:20, Rev 10:12) 😈

Satan was holding man’s sin against him as RANSOM.πŸ’°

If God wanted to destroy Satan for his crime He would have to have destroyed Adam and Eve too because they WILLINGLY sinned against God. 🍎

Satan was more-or-less saying, β€˜God, if you want to take me down, your beloved mankind is going down with me.” 😈

But God could not go back on His Word. If He did, the whole of creation would have imploded. (Ps 119:89, Heb 1:3) 🌏

So God had to come up with a plan…The Plan of Redemption.

God started working on people to prophesy a human body into existence – a child who would be born to a virgin, a child whose name would be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace – a child who would grow to be the One who would be the saviour of the world. (Is 9:6) πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

Then God had to get a young virgin-girl to agree to something that had never happened before in the history of human existence and say, β€œBe it unto me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)πŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

And 9 months later, God HIMSELF arrived on the earth – Immanuel – God WITH us. (Matt 1:23)πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸΌ

And then Jesus – a sinless, spotless man – willingly died in our place.🩸

Jesus drew all judgement for sin to Himself. He cancelled the ransom note that Satan was holding against us and nailed it to the cross – PAID IN FULL! (Jn 12:32, Col 2:15) ✝️

Jesus then DISARMED Satan and stripped him of the dominion and authority that he had taken from man. He paraded Satan and all his forces through the streets of Heaven, putting our defeated accuser on display for all to see. (Col 2:15) πŸ₯³

And then a loud voice was heard in Heaven, saying, β€œNow salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come!” (Rev 12:10) πŸ‘‘

God was now finally able to say, GET OUT OF MY FACE, SATAN! You cannot throw my children’s sin up before me any longer. The ransom has been PAID IN FULL! Their sins and iniquities I will remember NO MORE! (Heb 8:12) ⛔️

And as fast as lighting falls from Heaven, that great dragon, the serpent of old, the accuser of the brethren called Satan and the devil, was HURLED to the earth. (Rev 12:7) πŸ‘ΏπŸŒ

And mankind was finally able to be restored to the position that God originally intended us to occupy, because the ransom has been paid in full! (Eph 2:6)πŸ©Έβœ…

βœ… The ransom for our sin has been paid in full!

βœ… The ransom for our healing has been paid in full!

βœ… The ransom for our protection has been paid in full!

βœ… The ransom for our peace has been paid in full!

We don’t have to tolerate anything that Jesus freed us from EVER again! 🚫

That’s the almost-too-good-to-be-true NEWS!πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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