“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!” Ephesians 1:7-8
My daughter, her family, and I arrived into the Newark airport late last night after a busy and beautiful weekend celebrating Glen’s life with friends and family. We found our car in the short-term parking lot and gave the attendant $72.00. Nate, the seven-year old, said, “Wait … you mean you have to pay to get out of here?” I said, “Yep, nothing’s free.” A few seconds later another little voice, Mason, who just turned six, said, “Yes, but it was free getting in.”
These little guys summed up the life of Jesus. He entered his life free of sin and died to pay the ultimate price for our sins. We can also relate this to the brave men and women who enter the military to serve their country, free of anyone twisting their arms, except for during the periods of the draft. During their service, far too many of these brave soldiers have paid with their life the ultimate price for our freedom.
I like to say, “You can’t take money with you when you die, but I need it to get to the end of life.” And, to get out of a parking lot.
Thank you, Lord, for those who paid the ultimate price when leaving this world. Amen.