The Precious Blood of Christ

1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The world may think those other things are so valuable.  That silver and gold have so much worth to them.  Indeed, many seek to obtain things that have a high cost, things that can bring wealth into their lives.  They strive to obtain those rare and expensive possessions.  But those things can never purchase redemption, no matter the monetary value we would assign to them.

Something much more precious was required to pay the great cost of our sin.  Something with a much higher price needed to be given for our redemption.  What was required was the blood of Christ, shed at the altar of the cross for our sakes.  It is something we could not have obtained on our own.  It is not a commodity we can accumulate and then spend as we will.  It is a gift given for us, a sacrifice of the utmost because of its rarity, value, and perfection.

We can’t take it so lightly.  It is not a transaction without unspeakable value.  It is God dying for sinful man.  And so what is received in that transaction—our forgiveness and redemption—has unspeakable value.  The blood of Jesus is not something corruptible that can decay or lose its value or diminish as time passes, but it is eternally valuable, because it seals us forever as God’s children.  It is a one-of-a-kind treasure, but it is freely available to all who believe on Him.

What does the blood of Christ mean to us?  Is it precious to us?  Do we recognize the value of what was given on our behalf?  Have we been washed in that cleansing fountain and raised up pure and new in His eyes?  We often talk about our salvation being free, but it cost God something very precious to give us what we have.  So may we not take it for granted.  And may we live our new lives in Christ understanding something invaluable was gained through His sacrifice.

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