November 16, 2011
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17
The South Korean woman's brother had been killed during the 1950-1953 war.
Now she, representing her family, has received compensation for his death. The amount which the law has said should come to her is 5,000 won. Won is the currency of Korea. When 5,000 won is translated into U.S. currency, the woman received $4.33.
Now, to be fair, the South Korean officials are embarrassed by the amount. They also say there needs to be a new law enacted for such situations. But until that law is proposed, accepted and implemented, $4.33 is the amount placed on a South Korean soldier's life.
Let me ask, as you look at your children, at your grandchildren -- what value do you place on them? Certainly, more than $4.33. But how much? What is the price you would place on their lives? What would you do or give to keep them safe.
Now if you're wondering why I ask the question, it's because the Heavenly Father asked it of Himself.
Taking a look at sinful Adam and Eve, seeing the generations of transgressors that would come after them, He still said, "I shall send My Son into the world -- not as condemnation for these disobedient children, but to give His life so they might be saved."
I don't know anyone else who would make that choice the way our Lord did. It doesn't make sense to have the innocent die for the guilty. It's not right for the perfect to be destroyed and the flawed to be kept. It's not right and it's not reasonable.
Still that is what our gracious Heavenly Father did, and Jesus followed the plan to the letter.
Examine the Gospels and you will be hard-pressed to find any point in His life where Jesus said, "Wait a minute here, folks! This isn't right. How is it I'm supposed to suffer and be beaten and spit on and be crucified for you guys, who can't do two things in a row without messing it up with some kind of sin."
You can look for Jesus to say that but, if you do, you won't find it.
Scripture says Jesus was about the Father's business, until the time came when He cried from the cross a victorious "It is finished."
And it was.
As the hymn writer says, "A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of all men bearing; and laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing! Goes patient on, grows weak and faint, to slaughter led without complaint, that spotless life to offer."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for doing what we would never do, for sending Your perfect Son to save a sinful world -- we shall always be grateful. Keep us ever mindful of His sacrifice. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries