At Wieuca, we’ve just started a series called “The Power of One” – a study of how our lives can impact our world. What’s important to you as you try to make good decisions? For most of us, we realize that character counts. We need people around us who are dependable, loyal, honest, and consistent, right? We need to be people like that, right?
We don’t need to be like this … a gangster was charged with murder. His buddies told him not to worry. They were going to fix things so he could off. They found a man on the jury who had indicated that he was willing to accept a bribe for his vote. After the closing arguments, the accused sent word through one of his lackeys, thanking the tainted juror for his efforts. Instead of murder one, the charge had been reduced to manslaughter. The crooked man wasn’t willing to rest without comment. He sent a message back telling the gangster that it was tough convincing the other jurors: “It was really hard. The others wanted to acquit you, but I held out for manslaughter, just like you wanted.”
With friends like that …
The Prodigal Son in Luke 15 found out how easy it was to buy friends, and how easy it was to lose friends you buy. They say everybody has a price. For Judas, it was thirty pieces of silver, the price of a common slave.
Jesus had a price. Satan thought it was easy to buy Jesus, so he offered Christ enticements thinking Jesus could be bought. Yes, Jesus had a price. He was willing to pay the highest price we could imagine for one sinner, for all sinners. What a deal! He accepted sin with all its devastation and horror in exchange for something He considered priceless – your soul and mine. “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for His friends” (John 15:13). He said those words, then He went out and did it.