I have tried to live my life each day in accord with 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. In this passage Paul admonishes us to realize that our bodies are God’s temple and that we are not our own. Then in verse 20, he writes this,
for you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in you body.
We need to always remember that Jesus paid a high price for our salvation. It is true that the ultimate price He paid was when He became our sin while hanging on the cross. It is hard to fathom that He would do such a thing for you and me. When Jesus became our sin, He was forsaken by the Father and had to endure all of God’s wrath against sin. WOW, what a price!
But this is Christmas time and it is the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and not His suffering on the cross. How does verse 20 relate to Christmas? I have come to understand that when Christ was born on that night in the stable, He paid another high price for you and me.
There is a description of that first Christmas that gives you and me some insight into the price Christ paid for our salvation. When we read these verses, we usually don’t think of Christmas, but we should. It reads,
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB)
Think about the reality of what took place in that town of Bethlehem that night when Jesus was born in a manger. Jesus, who was equal to God, left the glory of Heaven and took on the form of a man. I remember as a young person reading The Prince and The Pauper. This story is about two boys who traded places with each other. The pauper became a prince and the prince became a pauper. It is a fascinating story but not as amazing as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords becoming a man and being born in a dirty, dingy stable.
So, during the Christmas season, let’s remember that the price Christ paid for you and me started the moment He left Heaven and stepped out into human history. Because of this price that Jesus paid for me, I need to remember each day that I have been bought with that price and I am not my own. This causes me to want to glorify Him in all I think, say and do.
As I write this, it is Sunday night and my mind goes back to a simple little chorus we sang at the end of our church service this morning. These words are so simple but so full of meaning when I think of the price Jesus paid for me on that first Christmas day.
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, His name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us. His name is called Emmanuel.
What an amazing truth – Emmanuel. I pray that each of you will have a wonderful Christmas. Let’s be sure that we celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. As you gather around the Christmas tree and open presents, let’s remember this simple truth. We’ve Been Bought With A Price!