If you had a deadly disease that you knew was going to kill you any minute, would you want a cure? I think you would. What if you heard of a cure that had a 100% record of working to cure your disease, but it was only sold at one particular medicine shop in town. I imagine that you would get there in a hurry to get it. When you get to the shop and ask the shopkeeper if he has the cure, you are very happy to hear him say, “Oh yes! We have it.” When you ask him to sell you some and he tells you, “Well, it’s very expensive. Have you got enough money?”
“Yes,” you reply. “It doesn’t matter how much it costs. I’ll buy it. How much does it cost?”
“Well, it is a very rare cure. It costs 1,000,000,000 dollars”, he tells you as he places it on the counter in front of you.
“1,000,000,000 dollars? Are you sure?”, you ask. “That is very expensive,” you tell him. Realizing you could never get one billion dollars, you begin to lose hope. You start to think, “I’ll never be able to pay that price. I’m going to die. There is nothing I can do.”
There is another man in the shop who abruptly comes to you and asks if he can help? You never saw him before. He looks at you with love in his eyes. He asks, “Can I buy the cure for you and give it to you as a gift? Will you let me do that?”
“Do you have enough money?”, the shopkeeper asks him.
“Yes, I do. It is everything I have, but it is enough,” he tells him. He takes out the money and places it on the counter to give to the shopkeeper.
You are surprised and amazed. You think, “Who is this man? How can he pay so great a price? Why does he want to pay for me?”
He knows what you are thinking and tells you, with a tear in his eye, “I love you. Will you please let me pay for you?”
The shopkeeper does not care who gives him the money. He only needs to have the debt paid before he allows the cure to leave his shop. The man wants to pay for you. He has the money and is willing to buy the cure for you. Not knowing if you will accept this gift of love, they both look at you. The shopkeeper asks you, “Is it OK with you if this man pays for you?”
The decision is yours. You must make a choice. You think, “To accept this man’s love and payment is to have life. To not accept his love and payment is to have death”. Both men are willing, but the choice is up to you. What will you decide?
In this little story, God the Father is like the shopkeeper, God the Son (Jesus) is like the man who wants to pay for you, and you are the one with the deadly disease of sin. You know there is a cure that has a 100% success rate. You know that it will cure you, but it is so expensive that you will never be able to pay for it. But, there is someone who will. Not only that, he wants to buy it for you. He is willing to buy it. The shop keeper is willing to sell it to him. Are you willing to accept it? You must make a choice.
Like the man in need of a cure, all of us today are in need of a cure for sin. We need something that will work. The good news is there is a cure. God the Father holds it. Jesus is willing to buy it for you. Are you willing to accept it?
Today, you have a choice to make. You will chose to obey, love, trust, and accept God; or, you will chose to disobey, hate, rebel, and deny God. Will you choose eternal life or eternal death?