2016-03-03 - The Worth of a Soul
Matt 16:26 (CEV) What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?
Twice in 1st Corinthians we are told that we were bought with a price. The blood sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God paid the price for our sin. The illustration often used is that of a slave market with us as slaves to sin. We were unable to pay to free ourselves or to escape. And while most of those who read this have never had chains on their wrists or ankles, we were all slaves at one point. We were shacked by sin that chains the whole human race.
Jesus became that perfect sacrifice on the cross on Golgotha. That sacrifice paid once and for all time the price of sin. He paid the price for our freedom. The shackles are broken. All we have to do is to accept His payment for our sin, admitting that we are not and can not be perfect (sinless), and follow Him.
Now think about this.
It took God the Father sending His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and die a sacrificial death for each one of us in order to pay our debt we would never be able to pay. Even if we were to gain all of the riches of this world it would not be enough to pay that terrible price. There is no other way aside from Jesus' free gift to pay that price. There is no other way to redeem your soul.
Why would God do that?
Because we are His creation, and He loves us. God sent His only Son to die in our places, because it was the only way. We walked away from God in the Garden of Eden in the persons of Adam and Eve. God has done everything for our sakes down through time never letting go. This is the love of a Father for His fallen children.
Jesus' constant call was, "Come. Follow me." The NIV translation records eleven instances where He makes that call to someone. He wants to give us His life in exchange for our the struggles of ours. He wants to be our Lord in exchange. Does that sound a little crazy? Look at that world around us. That is crazy from the culture, to the violence, to the corruption and selfishness that makes the news every day. He offers to walk with us through the storms of this life. Does it still sound crazy? He still calls out today, "Come. Follow me."
If you have questions we urge you to call a Bible-believing church near you and ask for someone to talk with you - or click on the Peace with God link below. Think about it. Is your soul worth a phone call?
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.