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Seeing the Price Tag

Every day takes us closer to Christmas for 2010. Many celebrate by going out shopping, looking for the ‘perfect’ gift. To some it’s a thrilling hunt with weapons like coupons and sale ads as they try to get the best deal possible.

They hope to see that look of joy on the recipient’s face when they open up the handpicked token of their love. Most people would be horrified if the price tag was still on there (although I have known a few people who want to leave it on so the receiver knows how much the giver spent).

All this has me thinking about life and the price paid for my freedom from sin and death.

7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
9 so that they should live on forever
and not see decay. (Psalm 49)

God did what we could not–He redeemed our lives and paid the ransom. He certainly doesn’t throw the price tag in our faces, but we can see it if we want. We look no further than a lowly manger, a surrendered life and ministry, followed up by a shameful death on a cross.

Innocent blood was shed for me. A blameless life was cut short for me. Then triumphantly, a glorified Lord rose for me. Well, me and anyone who would believe, of course (but it is personal).

Jesus didn’t come when He did because there was a discounted rate on salvation and the restoration of relationship. There were no coupons or sales. He paid the full price and we need to see that.

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1)

Every gift I receive this year will have been bought with perishable money, but my life was bought with something infinitely more precious. I won’t forget to look at the price tag. It cost Him everything, but I don’t have to live an empty life any longer. I have purpose and destiny–intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I am thankful and it reminds me that freely I’ve received so freely I must give.  When I question why I would give again, go again, stand again, love again–I know it’s time to look at the price tag again.

Have you looked at the price tag recently? What does it spark inside you?

26 Comments

  1. “Every gift I receive this year will have been bought with perishable money, but my life was bought with something infinitely more precious.”

    Wow! That sentence hit me hard. Great thoughts, Jason.

    • Thanks Melissa.

    • Yeah, that sentence got me too!
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      • Thank you, Ryan.

  2. My wife and I were having a normal conservation about Christmas celebration details the other morning. I started to mention some thoughts about the Lord’s coming and His sacrifice and then…I suddeny got chocked up…right out of the blue, I fought back tears (probably should have let them flow). Yeah, every Christmas I am reminded that God so loved…He gave. Thanks Bro’

    • I love that, Jay. Amazing how any time is perfect for being thankful and overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you.

  3. Today’s scripture reading for me was the Crucifixion as it’s told in John 19. As I read it, I was gripped all over again by the total amazement and gratefulness that He would have gone through all of that for me.
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    • What a sacrifice! Thanks so much, Sarah.

  4. Ditto what Melissa said. It seems like every year I vow not to lose sight of what the season is about, and then wake up on December 26 and realize I blew it to some degree.

    • We all do our best and God definitely helps if we let Him. :) Thanks Kat.

  5. Good post. Never thought about these things from this angle before. very nice.

    • Thank you, Jay.

  6. Something that I try to remind myself and family daily.
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    • We have to. Thanks Michael.

  7. God did what we could not–He redeemed our lives and paid the ransom.

    Isn’t that so true? We are his adopted sons and daughters…He chose us!
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    • How great is the Father’s love lavished on us that we are called children of God! Wow. Thank you, April.

  8. Oh, I love this price tag analogy….. I often find myself in awe…….but surely not enough as I should.

    Great post, Jason!
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    • I’m glad you’re in awe a lot--me too! Thank you Michelle.

  9. I don’t look at it as much as I should but the times that I do, I am always overwhelmed by His love for me.
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    • It’s always there to come back to and marvel over. Thanks Kevin.

  10. I think of the price tag daily. God is so ridiculously good. Even when things are crazy, I still thank Him. It’s not a spark, it’s a flame. I try to fan it regularly.
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    • “Ridiculously good” --that’s a great way to describe Him. Thanks Tony.

  11. I’m teaching on the 3rd chapter of Hosea this morning. Using the I Peter scripture--and I might quote this:

    “When I question why I would give again, go again, stand again, love again–I know it’s time to look at the price tag again.”

    Powerful!
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    • Thank you, Sandra. That’s so encouraging!

  12. I will be reminded of what price was paid for me everytime I buy a Christmas gift this year. Thanks!

    • No problem, DS. :)