Director Ron Howard used a 1954 episode of The United States Steel Hour from the series Fearful Decision to produce the 1996 film Ransom starring Mel Gibson and Rene Russo. Author Ed McBain’s novel King’s Ransom also influenced Howard’s portrayal of police procedure in this movie. When a millionaire’s son is kidnapped, the ransom is set for $2 million for his safe return.
The Bible refers to another ransom in Psalm 49:7-9. However, this amount is like the entertaining Master Card commercials, priceless. Whether you’re rich or poor, white or blue collar, no payment is sufficient enough to receive eternal life. Helpless, life a parent held hostage, Jesus intervenes, going to the bank called Calvary, Matthew 20:28.
The apostle Paul describes life’s ransom in Romans 6:23. The wages, payment due for the errors, mistakes and sin you’ve committed in life is death, separated from God. Despite your dire condition, Jesus decided to pay the ransom for your life on Good Friday, 30 AD, Romans 5:8. Thus, the gift of God is in the mail, waiting for you to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 10:9-10. May the power of the Easter message come alive in your soul, resurrecting faith, hope and love, 1 Corinthians 13:13.
by Jay Mankus