just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (NIV)
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV)
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (NASB)
to give His life a ransom for many. The word translated "for" means "in the place of," underscoring the substitutionary nature of Christ's sacrifice. A "ransom" is a price paid to redeem a slave or a prisoner. Redemption does not involve a price paid to Satan. Rather, the ransom is offered to God-to satisfy His justice and wrath against sin. The price paid was Christ's own life-as a blood atonement (cf. Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22). This, then, is the meaning of the cross: Christ subjected Himself to the divine punishment against sin on our behalf (cf. Is. 53:4, 5; see note on 2 Cor. 5:21). Suffering the brunt of divine wrath in the place of sinners was the "cup" He spoke of having to drink, and the baptism He was preparing to undergo (v. 22).
MacArthur, John Jr: The MacArthur Study Bible. electronic ed. Nashville : Word Pub., 1997, c1997, S. Mt 20:28
In his death on the cross, Jesus Christ fulfilled and replaced the Old Testament sacrificial system (priesthood; unchangeable). He offered up himself as the supreme, once-for-all sacrifice (slay) of atonement through the shedding (sprinkling) of his blood. By his one act of righteousness, salvation (save) as a free gift is for all who believe. In being delivered up to death (interposed; taste), Jesus accomplished several things:
· He paid the penalty of sin. In his body Jesus Christ bore (bear; nail; stripe) the sins of the world so that humanity might receive forgiveness (remission) and that their sin would be imputed to Christ's account, in order that Christ's righteousness might be reckoned to their account. He was the propitiation of God's wrath against sin (mercy seat).
· He broke (kill) the power of sin by paying the ransom price (buy, bought; deliver, deliverance, deliverer; exchange; redemption), so that believers could be free (discharged; liberty; release) from slavery to sin.
· He removed the pollution of sin by making men clean (blot out; washing) through his blood.
· He destroyed (abolish) the partition (hedge) of sin to reconcile human beings to God and put them back into a right relationship (justification) with him, so that they may never again be separated (die) from God.
Vine, W.E.: Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary Topic Finder . Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1996
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