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WEEKLY WORD: I wish I had more money

Does that sound like your wish? However, there are quite a few things that money can’t buy!

While money can buy expensive items and luxurious vacations, it cannot make your marriage better or improve your relationship with your kids. Money can pay for surgeries and medicines, but there are some illnesses that surgeries and medicines can’t heal.

Money might make you popular with some people, but it cannot buy you true friendship.

Money also cannot buy a clear conscience or provide peace with God. It can’t buy you the certainty of life in heaven after you die. No, all the riches in the world cannot buy you an ounce of freedom from a guilty conscience or from the fear of dying.

WEEKLY WORD: I wish I had more money
The Rev. Daniel Larson, Cross Lutheran Church

For all these crucial things that money can’t buy, there is Jesus. His blood was the full payment for our freedom from guilt, fear and death.

This is what the Bible teaches: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed … but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Imagine if you were about to be executed for crimes you had committed. Imagine being locked in prison, waiting for your end to come.

But then your brother walks into that prison and takes your place. He dies, and you are set free because your sentence has been carried out — on your innocent brother. He has purchased — redeemed — your life with his.

Do you see the connection here with Jesus? All people are sinners and deserve God’s punishment for their sin — physical and eternal death. But Jesus, the eternal Son of God, came from heaven to take our place. He bore our punishment for our sins so that we could be set free from the prison of eternal death.

When the debt of our sin became so great for us to pay, Jesus stepped in to pay that debt with His own blood at Calvary’s cross.

And now, He is risen and lives forevermore, giving us strength and faith through His Word and Sacrament, so that we might serve Him out of grateful love. Imagine: your debt to God is paid!

Oh, money is necessary and great to have. But there are some things money can’t buy.

Our soul’s salvation is one of those things. This is freely given to us out of God’s great love to us, fully paid for with the precious blood of Christ, our living Savior.

Come and visit us at Cross Lutheran Church to hear more about Christ and the spiritual riches He wants to give you.