«For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s» (l Corinthians 6:20).
Johnny Lingo is a very successful and beloved Polynesian trader who traveled to the Kiniwata Island to bargain for his wife, according to The Legend of Johnny Lingo, a New Zealander movie directed by Steven Ramirez. On the island, every wife was bought for a certain amount of cows and everyone knows their value: two cows could get you a decent wife, and four or five cows a very good one. But Johnny loves Mahana, a thin young girl, with hunched shoulders and a downcast look, whose father is afraid she will remain single since one cow is a very high price for her condition. Negotiations begin and the father asks for three cows with the purpose of eventually getting at least one. ‘Ihe islanders laugh derisively. Three cows for Mahana! Who would do such a thing! Is the trader going to pull out of the bargain thinking that the father of the bride tried to trick him? However, Johnny, filled with love and affection„ answers:
«Three cows are many… but not enough for my Mahana… I offer eight cows for her!»
Eight cows! Nobody would allow such an extravagance! The deal is sealed and Johnny goes on a trading trip with his wife. When they come back, Mahana seems so happy and has such a glow that her father feels cheated because she was definitely worth more than ten cows.
Now, imagine a reunion in heaven. The ransom price of the fallen human race is discussed. Man’s appearance is not good; the downcast look and hunched shoulders show the guilt and fear of transgression. It would be better to abandon him as he, in his own right, has almost no value. But Someone makes a generous offer. A shining being offers his life to buy the sinner. Even more angels offer their pure lives, bringing an incredible value to a creature of miserable condition. There is no doubt that the price is high . . . but it is not enough for the being created in God’s own image! Then, full of love, the Son of God offers His life. «Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold… but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot» (1 Pet. 1: 18, 19).
From the entire universe’ point of view, such a sacrifice was a great waste. The whole plan of salvation is an enormous waste of resources. It was love which motivated this redemption and there is no other reason.
Today, be radiant and happy as you think about the great love that spared no expense for your redemption.