July 15-Memorabilia

July 15-Memorabilia

July 15: Memorabilia

Scripture Lesson: John 19:23-24

On this date in 2000, the American Tobacco Company’s near mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card went for $1.1 million in an E-Bay online auction. Wagner, a Hall of Famer, had played shortstop for the Pirates. With the added 15 percent buyer’s premium, the high bidder paid a total of $1.265 million for the 91-year-old card.

In today’s text, Jesus had been nailed on the cross. Each of the four soldiers carrying out the crucifixion took a piece of Jesus’ clothing, and they cast lots for a seamless garment so it could remain whole. How much would those clothes be worth today? How could we put a value on that kind of memorabilia? As hard as it would be to put a value on Jesus’ garments, that pales in comparison to putting a value on what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross for our sins and mistakes. The greatest gift ever given cost God the life of His Son. All the money in the world could not have paid the price Jesus paid for us by giving his own life as a sacrifice for our sins!

  1. What is your most prized possession? How much is it worth?

  2. What is the cost God paid for us?

  3. Thank God right now for loving each of us that much, to have paid the price for our sins with the life of his Son!

It is amazing to me that a baseball card could have been worth so much. It is even more amazing that God loves each of us so much that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Doesn’t He deserve our very best every day?

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