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That’s Too Much

How much is too much?  Situations dictate when one has paid, received, or given far too much. A generous giver of gifts will hear, “That is too much.  You shouldn’t have done that!”  The sacrificial gift of an organ donor to a critically ill patient will have the recipient’s family eager with gratitude to meet the donor’s family.  The overwhelming news of a donated organ is often just “too much” for the recipient’s family to fully comprehend in their anxiety and concern.  When those special anniversaries come around and a husband truly longs to show his wife how very much he loves her for her many selfless acts for the family, he will do the unexpected “something” as a surprise for her and her response to him might be….”You are just too much!”

Scripture is filled with those moments in time when someone gave the unexpected and it was noted as “too much”.  When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet, it was thought to be extravagant (too much).  When Jesus fed the 5000 and twelve baskets of food that was left was gathered, it was abundant (too much).  When Jesus told the disciples to cast the net on the other side of the boat and the fish so filled the nets that they broke, it was just too “many” (much) fish.

What Jesus did for us in paying the penalty of our sin was too much.  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.  Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.  Surely, he took up our pain   and bore our suffering, he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities.  (Isaiah 53:3-5).

I Timothy 2:6 says Jesus “gave himself as a ransom.” A ransom is a price paid to purchase someone’s freedom. 

In 1193, the English King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was returning from leading a Crusade to the Holy Land. As he returned through Europe, Leopold V captured him in Austria. The Holy Roman Emperor demanded a ransom for Richard’s release. The price was to be 150,000 marks, equal to three tons of silver. This was an enormous ransom demand. But the people of England so loved their king they submitted to extra taxation, and many nobles donated their fortunes for Richard’s release. After many months, the money was raised and King Richard returned to England. That’s where we get the expression, “a king’s ransom.”

But to us, the term “a King’s ransom” could better be applied to the tremendous price Jesus, the King of Kings paid for our sins on the cross. This King wasn’t being ransomed; He paid the ransom so we can be set free. It is the most expensive ransom in the history of mankind. 

In another story that came from the Crusades, Norman Lord Grimbald de Pauncefort was captured by the Saracens. When asked the ransom price for his release the Turkish prince demanded the severed right hand of de Pauncefort’s young bride, Eleanor. In a tremendous act of courage and sacrifice, Lady Eleanor complied, and had her left hand amputated and sent to ransom her husband. 

In a sense, that’s what Jesus did for you, but He didn’t just give His hand–He gave His life. (Copied).