Wednesday – March 21, 2018 – The Remedy, What Price? See yesterday’s devotional.
Acts 2:22-24 (NIV) “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
The doctor said that the remedy for your sickness (sin) is free and if you take the remedy you will live. That is incredible news, but you don’t really know how incredible until you understand the price that the one who provided the remedy paid.
Imagine your neighbor meeting you for lunch and he says to you, “someone came to your house today and I paid a bill he said you owed. I paid it in full.” How would you feel? You don’t know how to feel until you know how big the bill was. If it was your lawn care specialist and you owed $30, you would simply say “thank you, that was generous of you.” But what if you had been sick for many years and had undergone several surgeries and owed millions of dollars. Each month you have been unable to pay even the minimum owed and the amount kept growing. The bill kept putting pressure on the rest of your budget. As a result of the illness you are no longer able to work, and you knew that there was no way that the bill could ever be settled. Your appreciation would be so overwhelming that you wouldn’t know what to do and any “thank you” would seem trite.
Sometimes we treat the price that Jesus paid for our eternal life too trivially. No other religion on earth had their God leave Heaven and give up equality with God by taking on the form of a slave with the express purpose of experiencing the agony of death and torture. That is the difference between Christianity and all other world religions. The suffering that Jesus endured to save you is ineffable. How much did Muhammed’s god suffer to redeem his followers? The answer is that no suffering was involved. That can be said of all other religions. Their gods did not suffer.
That is why Christ followers are so grateful; they know how much the forgiveness of their sins cost their God.
Prayer: Thank you Holy Spirit, for leading Jesus to the cross and sustaining Him through His death. I had no idea that I was as valuable to God as I am. I only have to see the price that He paid to redeem me to realize my worth.