When Jesus hung on that cross absorbing the fury of God’s wrath and paying the penalty for man’s sin, He bought us out of the slave market of sin. Jesus didn’t plan on doing some minor repairing or tweaking our former lives. God doesn’t want to repair or even remodel our life; he wants to tear down the entire structure and rebuild. He wants absolute transformation and absolute ownership, because He bought you and He owns you. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you belong to Him.
It’s not enough to just say we were bought; the Bible says we were bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20). Paul is talking about the Son’s blood on the cross. It’s like He was saying, “You were bought – and look at what it cost. You were bought – do not forget the price that was paid.” Or, from God’s perspective, “I bought you – and I paid dearly.” Salvation is very expensive; it cost Someone His life.
When you consider what God received in return for the payment of His Son’s death, you have to scratch your head and think, “How is this fair? How does Jesus’ death equal my salvation? It seems like a huge price to pray for such an eternally significant change of destiny for us. What do we bring God that He doesn’t already have?”
Those are the types of questions you will ask the rest of your life and it is not my objective to answer all of them for you, but we need to keep asking them because they remind us of how favored we are by God and how infinitely loving He is to us. His measureless love ought to bring us to our knees in humility every time we consider the cross.