Good Friday is all about reflecting on the price that was paid for our restoration and freedom!
In 1992 the one millionth Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Lots of fanfare. It wasn’t meant to be sold and driven. Inside and underneath the car’s visible parts were the signatures of all the employees that had a part in assembling that car. It was taken just a mile away to the National Corvette Museum. I don’t know it’s worth at the time, but can anybody say “Priceless”? Even if you aren’t a car enthusiast, you would have to agree that this is one valuable car.
Until Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 5:44 a.m. That’s when a large sinkhole opened up and swallowed eight rare cars in just a few moments.
The millionth Corvette was plucked out of the bottom of the sinkhole. It was seriously damaged. But the decision was made to make every effort to restore the car. Including preserving the signatures of all those employees. It took four months,1200 man hours and lots of money to restore the car. And here it is, all put back together and shiny. It’s value is what it was originally worth plus the cost of restoration.
There were, though, other expensive, one of a kind cars, that were deemed unsalvageable. Here’s one of those. They were just too difficult, too expensive to bring back to restore. So cars, like this one, once irreplaceably expensive, were put back into or never gotten out of the sinkhole. The sinkhole is now an exhibit in the museum. Those cars are worth nothing now. The price was too high to pay.
Humanity is a one of a kind creation of God. Made in His image, given purpose and abilities to take dominion over the earth and subdue it. To make it a paradise. But soon after, a sinkhole opened up and swallowed our entire race. Brokenness. Murder. Violence. Sickness. Slavery. Death. Spiritually and morally speaking, a complete disaster. Spiritually and morally speaking we’re all down at the bottom of a sinkhole.
This is what we’re like down there. Romans 3.10-19 says:
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Arg…typical church. So negative. So full of condemnation and guilt. When is this service over?
God stepped in. And there’s good in this world, mixed in with all the effects of our sinful brokenness. But consider the source. James 1.16-17 says:
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
But we’re a mess. So God decided to pay the restoration price. How high was it? The highest ever paid. Because we are so demolished. What is our worth? It’s what God decided it would be by what it took to restore us.
The Apostle Paul was smart, educated, empowered and impassioned as a Jew, as a human. If anyone could brag about his intrinsic value, it would have been him. And yet, this is what he says in Galatians 6.14:
14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
My value is what it took to restore me. And it took the Cross applied to the perfect Son of God.
And that’s why we take Communion together. Because the hope of eternal value is found only in the price of our restoration, made possible by and paid by the Lord Jesus Christ.