The Value of Life….of His Life… of our lives…
Devotional Thought of the Day:
28 “If a bull gores someone to death, it is to be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but its owner is not to be punished. 29 But if the bull had been in the habit of attacking people and its owner had been warned, but did not keep it penned up—then if it gores someone to death, it is to be stoned, and its owner is to be put to death also. 30 However, if the owner is allowed to pay a fine to save his life, he must pay the full amount required. 31 If the bull kills a boy or a girl, the same rule applies. 32 If the bull kills a male or female slave, its owner shall pay the owner of the slave thirty pieces of silver, and the bull shall be stoned to death. Exodus 21:28-32 (TEV)
14 Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.
Matthew 26:14-15 (TEV)
It is a shocking thought, the value that the priests set on Jesus, was the value of a slave back in the days of Moses.
They thought Jesus’ life was worth that of a slave. The lowest of the servants. About $225 in modern money, not for a day’s hire, but the value of his entire life.
Given my understanding of math, this means they placed the value of my life at significantly less than 30 pieces of silver. Here is how it looks mathematically.
30 pieces of silver = value of Christ’s life, sold to the priests = the cost of buying back every soul that was enslaved to sin, Satan and death.
My freedom from hell, my deliverance from the guilt and shame, the chains that sin uses to strangle the life from me, that was purchased at the price of life, a price that authorities thought was only worth 30 pieces of silver.
But that is not how much value God places on our souls, on our lives.
To God, our lives, our redemption was worth more than all of His creation, it was worth the life of Jesus, His only begotten Son. The Son with whom He created everything, planned everything, the Son He loved, the Son who loved Him enough to share the value they placed on our lives.
How can it be? How am I worth that much to God? How are those people I love, and even those I hate. How can we be worth so much, that He would place such a value on us?
I can’t know, from my mortal position; from my frame of reference where I struggle to set aside sin and temptation, guilt and shame, from my position of brokenness.
I can only know, when I look to the cross, as see the joy that was set before Jesus, what caused Him to choose the cross was the love of God, Father, Son and Spirit, for me. I need to drop the other stuff, set it aside, and focus, meditate, devote myself to contemplating on this amazing love.
The love that changes me… and all others who encounter it.
The love that values me…..and values you.
Follow up: you might think about this for a while, and while you do, he’s a video that puts the words thought together well.