St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church


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1 Peter 1:18-19—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 forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Take a moment to think of the things you prize—the things you treasure.

After loved ones, God’s Word, and the worship you dearly miss in God’s house, isn’t every thing else you treasure something of this world? Your home. Your vehicle. Your toys. Your collectables. Your hobbies. Your skills. Remember that all those things will perish. They’ll fall apart someday. You can’t take one thing with you when you die. On the Last Day all those things will be destroyed. Not even any silver or gold. It all perishes.

Bringing that perspective to mind shows us just how precious we are to God when we consider it wasn’t with things that fade and pass away God used to save us. God didn’t buy us back to himself (redeem us) with something that has worldly value. God went beyond that which mankind treasures, and gave that which he treasures most—his precious, one and only Son!

Jesus and his blood is precious because it is unstained with sin. Jesus lived a perfect life in your place so that you could be set free from the empty way of life you would have been lost to had you been left to fend for yourself. Even now, as God’s children, we struggle, don’t we? We struggle to let go of the trinkets of this world so that we can hold on to the treasure that lasts forever.

I pray that this time of pandemic, panic, and fear has helped to open your eyes all the more to that which is truly precious—the innocent blood of the Lamb which was shed for you. The full and free forgiveness of sins that was won for you. The eternal life in heaven that has been prepared for you.

Yes, treasure these most of all. But also treasure and be thankful for the earthly treasures God has given you in your loved ones and the possessions you have. But always remember, God’s Word and his promises can never be taken away. They can never be destroyed. These last into eternity. That is why they are truly precious.