The Prize for the Lord Jesus

One preacher said, “When you were born, your mother brought you to church.  When you were married, your wife brought you to church. When you die, your friends will bring you to church.Why not try coming to church on your own sometime?”  Funny but that is really a misnomer. There are still people, I believe, who think that the church is a building.. We see a structure where Christians gather and call that the church.  But it is not.. The literal translation of “church” from the Greek is ecclesia, meaning “the called out ones”. The people that God the Father gave His Son for is The Church. Though our culture puts very little value on the Church, God says it is highly valuable. There is value because of its price.

Just like we evaluate things by how much they cost, the church has great value because it was paid for by the sacrifice of God’s Son.

Acts 20:28 (NASB) 28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

I am not sure men and women grasp the importance of that statement.  The Creator of the universe bought this group of people called The Church by allowing men to torture and kill His Son. That is a fearful truth. God gave what was most precious to Him to buy the Church.  

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NASB) 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.