Friday, January 19, 2018

Human Worth

Human Worth
I Corinthians 7:23 
You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.

In the beginning lines of the book, “The Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens, he writes, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”. Life in France was hard for the third class people, the peasants and therefore becomes a springboard to the revolt. The upper class, the nobility took advantage of the lower class people believing their only worth was as a means of acquiring more money through taxation. The aristocracy (a group regarded as privileged or superior in a particular sphere) were extravagant, wasteful, and excessive. This left the lower class people of France to virtually starve, beg or rebel.

The French Revolution then erupts with full force in July 1789. The storming of the Bastille was not to free any prisoners but to get ammunition and arms. This fortress was traditionally used by French kings to imprison subjects that didn’t agree with them politically. The Bastille was, therefore, a representation of the oppressive nature of the monarchy. This event was the start of the French Revolution and the eventual fall of the French monarchy.

The measure of human worth, this must have meant something to our Lord. He left the magnificence, grandeur, and riches of His eternal home to come to this sin-cursed earth. He suffered an excruciatingly painful death, defeated death, then rose from the grave on the third day. He ascended back into the splendor, majesty, and glories of heaven and now sits on the right-hand throne of God. We were bought with an indescribable price, Christ’s precious blood a price too unusual or extreme that it may adequately be described. 

Lord, thank You for the ultimate sacrifice, Your life for mine.