There’s no way Robert Johnson could have sold his soul to the Devil, in exchange for the ability to play guitar exceptionally well. He couldn’t have sold his soul because he didn’t own it. We may feel like our souls belong to us, but in reality, Jesus taught, they have already been sold to Satan. They are being held for ransom. That is why Jesus posed this haunting question:
“…what can a man give in exchange for his soul? ” – (Matthew 16:26b)
No matter how much you would pay, it would not be enough. The cost is impossibly high. That’s the bad news. The good news is this: Jesus has already paid the ransom and offers freedom and life for our souls. He extends the offer to anyone willing to abandon the cage that holds them and dare to follow Him. But a hostage rescue only works if the hostages dare to follow their rescuer. That’s a tough choice for those hostages who have gotten used to captivity and may actually feel more secure staying where they are! Sometimes cages feel like life.
That’s why Jesus said:
“… whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. – (Matthew 16:25b)