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A ransom is a price paid to release a person from bondage. Death and old age were not part of God’s original purpose for mankind. How do we know that? God told the first man, Adam, that if hecommitted what the Bible calls sin, he would die. If Adam had not sinned, he would never have died.Even though Adam’s life did not end until centuries later, he began to die from the day he disobeyedGod. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 5:5) Adam passed on to all his descendants sin and its penalty, death.Thus, death “entered” the world of mankind through Adam. That is why we need a ransom.—
Read Romans 5:12;
4. Why did Jesus die?
Who could pay the ransom to free us from death? When we die, we pay the penalty only for our ownsins. No imperfect man can pay for the sins of others.—
Read Psalm 49:7-9.
Since Jesus did not inherit imperfection from a human father, he died, not because of his own sins,but for the sins of others. God sent his Son to die for us as an expression of His extraordinary lovefor mankind. Jesus also showed love for us by obeying his Father and giving his life for our sins.—
Read John 3:16;
Romans 5:18, 19.
5. What is Jesus doing now?
By curing the sick, raising the dead, and rescuing people in peril, Jesus demonstrated what hewould eventually do for all obedient mankind. (Luke 18:35-42; John 5:28, 29) After Jesus died, Godrestored him to life as a spirit person. (1 Peter 3:18) Jesus then waited at God’s right hand untilJehovah gave him power to rule as King over all the earth. (Hebrews 10:12, 13) Now Jesus is rulingas King in heaven, and his followers on earth are announcing the good news worldwide.—
Read Daniel 7:13, 14;
Soon, Jesus will use his power as King to put an end to all suffering and those who cause it. Millionswho exercise faith in Jesus and obey him will enjoy life in a paradise on earth.
—Read Psalm 37:9-11.