“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
In 2009, Real Madrid Soccer Club paid £80 million to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo. Someone had done their homework. They calculated he was worth a lot more in pulling in the crowds and pumping up the gate receipts.
How much are you worth? Ordinary folk like us may gulp at such astronomical figures as that paid for Ronaldo, but most of us fail to take account that a price much higher has already been offered for us. We are worth a whole lot more than £80 million. A higher price was paid when God gave His Son to be our Redeemer. This is how the Bible puts it – “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.” This is the price God paid for our redemption. The Bible says, “the redemption of the soul is expensive”, and it was expensive, because, in order to provide life and forgiveness for such guilty souls as ourselves, nothing less than the sacrifice of God’s own Son could pay the price of our sins.
But consider this – the Bible reasons from the greater to the lesser. If God went this far to provide redemption for us, whatever else we need is a much smaller cost – “How shall He not with Him freely give us all things”. This is what makes being a Christian such an exhilarating experience. This is what those who turn their back on God completely miss out on. We can trust God to provide whatever we need to live by, or to die by. Jesus went so far as to say, “He that believes in Me shall never die.” Whatever fears we might have of death, Jesus takes them all away. Poor Ronaldo. He is only worth £80 million – those who have put their trust in Christ are beyond worth, just as Christ who gave Himself for them is beyond worth.