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December 31, 2015

—“For a soul is far too precious for to be ransomed by mere earthly wealth.  There is not enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell.” Psalm 49:8f. LB

That’s in the Old Testament, and it’s exactly what Jesus taught. “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt. 16:26) You are worth more than all the world to God.  But you, like every other person, have sold out to sin.  Nobody has assets enough to buy you back.  And you don’t either.  The end of this story is a dead end:  eternal  enslavement to the dark side.

That’s where the Gospel comes in.  It’s “good news.”  That’s what the word means and that’s what it is:  good news!  God, from before the foundation of the world, already knew the answer.  The answer would be a demonstration of how much He loves you.  You don’t have the resources.  So He paid the price for you.

The only resource precious enough to pay you out was the life of His only Son.  How could it be that He loved you that much?  That must be the greatest mystery of all the ages.  What is it about you and me that God loves so much that He’d do that for us?  You probably don’t have the answer to that, and I don’t either.  Probably we won’t know until the Judgment Day, if then.  We don’t have to explain everything, though, for it to be of value.  We don’t have to know the “why” to accept the gift.

That’s the only way we’re going to get to heaven.  What did the psalmist say?  A soul is too precious to be ransomed by anything on earth!  But we know that Jesus came from heaven “to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mt. 20:28)

He paid you out.  Accept the gift.  Fall at His feet in gratitude and surrender.

LARRY A. SHELLEY

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