So is Christ's death suppose to be a sacrifice, but not a ransom? Where did the idea that it was a ransom come from anyways?
From a misunderstanding of Scripture I think.
1 Peter 1 18-19 says:"knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ...".
The Greek word translated here as "redeemed" means to "buy off", or to "ransom". There are different ways of redeeming people: For example, if you pay someone's bail to have them released from prison, this means you have "redeemed" them (and I think this is how it was misunderstood as being literal). However, there are three instances in the New Testament which clarify what is meant:
1) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price
; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
2) 1 Corinthians 7:23
"You were bought at a price
; do not become slaves of men."
3) Revelations 5:9
"And they sang a new song, saying:
'You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God
by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation...'
Christ has bought us and now owns us
, we are His bondservants. You are the handmaiden of God who owes God the duty of a purchased servant, and I am the servant of God who owes God the duty of a purchased servant. Christ "paid" a price to "buy" us. Note especially the last quote that says Christ has "redeemed us TO
God"- in other words, we have been purchased for
How does this work? Well, Christ overcame death by death. By being murdered, he entered Hades and trampled down death, and Rose Gloriously from the dead to give us all the hope of the Resurrection. Do you want a share in the spoils and a wedding garment to wear at the feast? Then wash your clothes in the Blood of the Lamb and make them clean (Revelation 7:14) and be buried with Him in Baptism (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12). However
, you must understand that if you do this, if you are baptised, you become His slave- and He has purchased you with His Blood- and you must struggle to live a life worthy of that price.