A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “Behold the Lamb of God!”
Read: 1 Peter 1:18-21
When buying a car, one of the considerations that you must make is what is referred to as the “true cost to own,” which includes depreciation, insurance, interest, routine maintenance, and repairs over the lifetime of the vehicle. You may have enough money to cover the costs involved with buying the car through cash or financing, but you would find yourself in quite a bind if you couldn’t afford the extra costs associated with insurance, repair, and routine maintenance. You may consider the immediate cost of car ownership to be manageable, but if you look further down the road you may find that the true cost of the vehicle would actually be detrimental to your financial health.
We may look at certain sins as only minor problems, and some of us are willing to accept the temporary consequences of sin or believe it will never see the light of day. However, the true cost of sin is based upon what God paid in purchasing our freedom from its bondage. According to these verses, no amount of silver, gold, or any worldly treasure could satisfy the debt we owed. The true cost of sin is greater than we could possibly imagine.
However, through the gift of Jesus we no longer have to be liable for sin’s expense. Freedom from sin’s power demanded a sum that we could never pay in “perishable things,” so Jesus provided a sacrifice of such eternal value that it can never be exhausted, unlike the gold, silver, and treasures we possess. The good news tells us that God has provided an amazing gift to people who are without hope because of sin. He exchanges our sin debt with the sacrifice of Jesus the moment we believe in Jesus to save us, and our faith now rests in the hope of a resurrected God and Savior!
Pause and Reflect
• What is the true cost of sin?
• How can you show your gratitude for God’s sacrifice to make you free?