September 20, 2007
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. . .” John 3: 16a
How far are you willing to go to protect your children and grandchildren? How much are you willing to spend to make sure they are safe?
When Pam and I brought our three children home from the hospital, we brought them home. Now, when a family drives their baby home for the first time, they have to purchase a government-approved car seat. It’s a price most proud parents are glad to pay. When Pam and I taught our children to ride a bike, we put them on a bike, ran by their side until they got the basics, and then we turned them loose. Now, along with the bike, parents have to purchase their children a helmet, elbow pads, and kneepads. Gloves are an option. Most parents who have seen the statistics on children’s bicycle accidents are ready to pick up the tab on those items, as well.
How far are you willing to go to protect your children and grandchildren? The nation’s foremost football helmet maker, Riddell, thinks the sky is the limit when it comes to the price of parental protection. Starting this week, according to an article by TIME, Riddell is trying to sell $1,000 football helmets to high school sports programs.
Understand, these are very special helmets. These helmets have the ability to keep track of the location and severity of any impact sustained on the football field. After a game, the helmets are plugged into a computer and they will download pertinent information—information which will help coaches and parents figure out when a child has had taken enough punishment.
How much are you willing to pay to protect your children? The helmets will cost $1,000 each.
Does $1,000 sound like a pretty high price? Maybe. But that price is inconsequential to the price our heavenly Father was willing to pay to keep us safe. So that our sins might be forgiven; so we might be kept spiritually safe for all of eternity, the Father sent His Son into this world to offer up His life as a ransom for us all. That is what John said in one of the most familiar verses in all of Scripture. “God so loved the world (that) He gave His only Son.”
To keep us safe, the Father allowed His Son to be betrayed and beaten, tortured and unfairly tried. So we might be kept safe from sin, Satan and death, Jesus died on Calvary’s cross. How much was our Father willing to pay? Look at the cross where Jesus willingly gave His life so our lives might be spared.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, for the price You were willing to pay so Your children might be saved, I praise Your Name. May I always be grateful for my Savior’s sacrifice, for my Redeemer’s resurrection. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries