Mark 10:45 says that He came to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. Which is it? Is this a contradiction? Nope. One of the presuppositions with which I approach the Word is that it cannot contradict. So if I think I see something that is a contradiction, there is something that I do not understand.
I took a break from the study and watched an episode of “The Voice” that we had recorded earlier. When I came back to the study I think things began to become clearer.
Proclaiming is giving your life as a ransom. Further, it is one thing that as apprentices of Christ we can do that mirrors Him. When we proclaim Him, in and through our lives and our sharing of the gospel, we are in fact giving our lives to those to whom we proclaim. As Christ did, we face rejection. In some cases we can face death. Either physical death in some areas of the world, but in fact death to ourselves in terms of clinging to our reputation, our standing, a person’s regard for us, etc.
So proclaim Him. Give your life a ransom for those you know.