Ours is a materialistic society. It has been said we spend too much money buying things we don’t need and can’t afford in order to impress people we don’t like. I remember a TV commercial about a couple that put bags on their heads. They didn’t want to be seen by their neighbors because they didn’t buy the ‘popular’ car their neighbors bought. People care a great deal about what they own and how that compares to what others own. The real question is, what do we really own?
From dust we were made, to dust we will return, and our funeral procession won’t include a U-Haul trailer. Every material thing we strive for will be consumed by corrosion, thieves, time, or the burning heat of the last day. What is really mine? What is really yours? What will last longer than any material possession?
To answer the question, look at Jesus as He stood before Pilate and Herod. He was beaten. His stripes belonged to me. His crown of thorns belonged on my head because thorns were part of the curse of sin (see Genesis). His pain and humiliation are also mine. These things and all the events of the Crucifixion belong to me. They are the result of sin. My sin. Your sin. We have sinned, but Christ did not.
Only in a materialistic society would The Price is Right be a multi-year hit. I can still hear Bob Barker saying, “You can have what’s behind door #3 where Carol Merrell is now standing or you can keep your ____________!” Christ’s death for us is much the same. We can hold on to the pain of sinful, condemned lives or we can trade them for something better. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that more abundantly.” The choice could not be more clear. Hold on to worthless things that will end in eternal destruction or give them up and accept Jesus’ eternal life that can never be taken away. Which do I want to own? As the kids say, seems like a no-brainer. Since it’s such an easy choice, when is the last time you asked anyone to make it?