For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15 (NIV)
Recently several companies’ networks were attacked by a “ransomware” virus. Employees were notified that they could no longer open important files without an encryption code—a code known only to the originator of the virus. Supposedly, for a ransom fee, the hacker will provide the code, but it is suspected that any interaction with the hacker will merely open the door to more infections.
Someone did what employees have been trained not to do: open a file attachment from an unknown source. Apparently there was one person who broke this safety rule at each of several companies. Perhaps they thought, what are the chances of this doing harm? As a result, “business as usual” halted.
On a more personal level, we may know not to open suspicious email attachments, but where we might slip or struggle is with being steadfast in living a life on godly principles. The battle between the flesh and the spirit is intense. We do what we know we shouldn’t—what we don’t even want to do.
The devil dangles temptation in front of us and taunts with smooth talking, “Go ahead. What harm will this little sin bring you?” The consequence of sin is death, unless the ransom is paid. Thank God that His Son Jesus paid the ransom in full, that we can continue not only with the business of life as usual, but with joy and confidence in eternal life.
Thank you for suffering on the cross to pay the ransom for my sin.
© 2013 Nance