The Orange Leader
A gem dealer was strolling the aisles at the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone the size and shape of a potato. He looked it over carefully, then, as calmly as possible, asked the vendor “You want $15 for this?” The seller, realizing the rock wasn’t as pretty as others in the bin, lowered the price to $10. That stone was later certified as a 1,905-carat natural star sapphire, about 800 carats larger than the largest stone of its kiind. It was appraised at $2.28 million. It took a lover of stones to recognize its worth.
It took the lover of souls to recognize the true value of ordinary-looking people like us. The Apostle Peter said “Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.” (1Peter 1:18 The Message). The precious blood of Jesus (versus 19) redeems us. Precious means: invaluable, priceless and irreplacable; something that is of inestimable worth. Such is the shed blood of Jesus given to save us from our sins and prepare us for Heaven.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:13,14). Much later in time, the Apostle John said, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us” (1John 3:16). The Apostle Paul agrees. He says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us...For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life” (Romans 5:8-10).
Adding two plus two always equals four. Just so, adding “lay down one’s life” plus “He laid down His life” plus “Christ died for us” plus “the death of His son” equals salvation for everyone who trusts in Christ’s blood to cleanse him or her from his or her sins. Peter is dogmatic. He says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).