Everyone is on the look-out for good buys. So much so, that our department stores now feature yellow dot bargains. Numerous clothing stores have rows of rows of pipe racks running the length of the store. I really don’t like these stores, but I do like bargain buys.
I’m one of those buyers who buys nothing, unless it is on sale. I know I’m not alone, otherwise, our department stores wouldn’t see the need to send coupon flyers out, nearly weekly, sometimes twice a week, and seldom do we go shopping without first looking for coupons on the internet. Some of us just take along our Android-phones to show the check-out girl the percentage-off we are entitled to.
It all boils down to rather or not we are willing to pay the price. There was a blouse in Bon Ton, I wanted. It was a “Lauren,” and the price tag read $48.00. I waited and watched until near the end of summer and sure enough the blouse came down in price, not once, but twice. That’s when I bought it for less than half the price. It is a red, white and blue Americana top, that’s perfect for the 4th of July, and granted it was now fall. “No matter,” I thought, “I’ll wear it next year on the 4th and times in between.” I got a good quality top at a bargain price, one I was willing to pay.
At Sam’s Club we recently bought my husband, Burl, a couple of Van Heusen, casual shirts. The MSRP tag read $50.00 each. MSRP, Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, is the price the company that produced the shirt recommended it should be sold for in stores. Obviously, Sam’s didn’t think this price matched up to what customers were use to paying. We purchased the shirts for $12.81 each. We were willing to pay that price.
Sunday, in church, the minister told a story about him and his wife. It serves as a good example of the point I’m trying to make here. He said that they had learned that a man in the neighborhood was selling a dog for $35.00. They went to see the puppy and immediately liked him. The owner suggested that before they buy the dog, they should take him home for a short time to see if their’s was a good match.They followed his suggestion, took the dog with them and decided that he liked them as much as they did him.
All three hopped into the car and headed for the neighbor’s house to pay what they owed. But, when they arrived, the neighbor told them that he could not sell the dog for the price he quoted them because another person had offered him $50.00 for it. Without hesitation, $50.00 was pulled from the minister’s wallet. On the way home, as his wife cuddled and played with their new dog, she said to her husband, “Thank you for being willing to pay the price.”
With Palm Sunday upon us, I can’t help but think how fortunate I am that Christ was willing to pay the price for my sins and for the sins we all commit. I hope you recognize what a great deal this is. This price was high, his life for ours. He sacrificed his life on the cross so we could be saved from our sins and bridged the gap between us and the Creator God. There was no other way for us, sinful as we are, to be united with a sinless God. I often think of the great investment He made in us. Yes, He was willing to pay the price. What a miracle that is.
We will celebrate another miracle on Easter Sunday because he rose up from the grave, in which he was placed, so we can serve a risen Savior. He requires no other price from us except that we believe in him, trust in him, follow him, then celebrate the joy that’s ours because He Is Risen.
Today is the day to be thankful that Christ was willing to pay the price.