The Unfair Prisoner Exchange
Our country has been in quite an uproar over the prisoner exchange that occurred this past week. The exchange was a 1 to 5 ratio: one American who, by most accounts, is guilty of desertion for five enemies of the United States who, at least at one point in time, were some of our country’s greatest threats (perhaps still). Many are asking the question: How could our leaders grant such an exchange?
I have another question for us to ponder: How could God the Father exchange His own Son to ransom a whole world of prisoners – a whole world of men and women who were prisoners to sin and death and hell? The exchange was one for the world: One perfectly innocent Son of God for all of us who were despicably evil and enemies of God. That, my friends, was truly an unfair prisoner exchange.
Mark 10:45 says,
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
1 Timothy 2:5-6a says,
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.
I am baffled and awed by the truth that even though God knew how sinful and evil we would be before the foundation of the world, He still purposed to send His Son to ransom us from His own holy justice and wrath. We deserve eternal separation and hell; and yet, God loved us and sent His own son to die for us.