Purchased for a Price
Pastor Jon Krick at Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory gave me a lot to think about with his sermon this morning. (And that’s my definition of a GOOD sermon!)
The whole thing was on one verse. 1 Corinthians 6:20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
He got us to really think about what the cost was to Jesus. Leaving heaven and all of His divine rights, being born to a human, working as a carpenter and then a painful humiliating death on a cross.
Jon suggested we need to write the verse Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" in our Bibles above 1 Corinthians 6:20. Because Jesus: perfect, sinless, Jesus took on ALL the sins of the world at that moment on the cross. He who had had a perfect relationship with God since before time began, was separated from His Father – for us!
It cost Him. Dearly!
Next Jon reminded us that since we, as Christians, are saved we have the Holy Spirit living in us and our bodies really are the temple of God.
Those are two reasons we shouldn’t take our sins (whether they are internal "heart and mind" sins) or external (the things we do) lightly. We really do sin against Him. Jon stressed that we remember what it cost Him.
Puts a whole new light on those little sins we commit without even thinking about them, doesn’t it?
I loved where he said that if we bought something that was really expensive (or “of great price”) we would really remember it. And so does God. We have value to God! Jesus was forsaken so that we never will be.
Our take away message from this is: first we remember (what He did for us) and then surrender. To surrender we need to stop doing what isn’t pleasing to God. We also need to renew our hearts and minds. Our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
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