3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
-If we were separated from God due to a certain financial debt, the remedy would be easy; simply get together enough money to pay off the debt. Whether or not any of us could actually get enough money together is another matter; still the solution would be straightforward. But the Bible tells us that we were not sold for money, but rather we sold ourselves because of our sins (Isaiah 50:1). How do you buy back something that was sold for sin? We know that money won’t work because Isaiah prophesied in chapter 52 that money would not be involved. Hebrews 10:4 tells us that “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” In 1 Peter 3:18, we learn that “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God”, and from there we learn the nature of the transaction that had to occur- “the just for the unjust”. The only way to buy back the sinful is with the sinless and that is why Christ had to suffer; since “there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20), “the Holy One and the Just” (Acts 3:14) had to come from Heaven.