On June 25, 2006, First Sergeant Gilad Shalit was on duty for the Israel Defense Forces near the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas militants crossed the border and abducted Shalit, taking him as a prisoner. After more than five years of captivity, he was released on October 17, 2011. He is now a free man in Israel.
His release, however, didn’t come without a cost. Israel granted freedom to 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, some of whom have spent decades behind bars for their crimes against Israel.
In one small way, this exchange of prisoners represents our redemption in Christ. One life was given in exchange for the many. Gilad Shalit was given in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinians. In the same way, the one man, Jesus Christ, was given in exchange for many.
This “one for the many” theme is predominant in Romans 5:12-21. I give one verse to illustrate: “As through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).