I have a deep love for thrifting. I enjoy, sometimes too much, finding great deals at thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets. I love bartering and getting vintage finds for cheap. I like finding places to decorate in our home. Yet, in all my many years of scouring for treasures, I have never once had a vendor give me an item for free. For a good deal, often, but free? Never.
As I found new homes for my vintage finds this Spring break, I was reminded of the greatest bargain I have ever received. While I have 100 year old mason jars and a peg board of 1960s kitchen gadgets and crates and lanterns and chairs that were found at a steal, none of the items in my home are my greatest bargain.
You see, when I was eight years old, and interested in Lisa Frank and scrunchies, I was busy pleasing myself and others. I disobeyed my parents. I was boastful at school. I was mean to my sister. I had sin in my heart.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23 ESV
And also when I was eight, I recognized the weight of my sin and that because of my choices, a perfect man, the Son of God, had to die. One Fall night in my bedroom, I received the greatest bargain. I gave my guilt and shame to a Holy God, and through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I was able to exchange my sin for eternal life… for free.
“for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 ESV
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”
Romans 5:8-9 ESV
“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 ESV
Now, almost twenty years later, I have life. I have hope. I have salvation. I received these not as a 3 for $10 bundle, but for FREE. This Easter Sunday, don’t let the greatest bargain pass you by. You may have sat in church services before. You may have heard the Gospel before, but maybe you haven’t accepted the greatest bargain, the gift of salvation.
You don’t have to barter. There is no money to exchange. Jesus paid on your behalf. Simply ask a Holy God to forgive you of your sin, accept the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf, and live in freedom.
The greatest bargain is awaiting.