18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1).
We do not think of “silver or gold” as being “perishable things,” rather, just the opposite. After all, don’t we still discover what were whole chests of them fully intact at the bottom of the sea next to their shipwrecks? The chests are gone, but the silver or gold remain. And yet, such coins are indeed perishable — when compared to the “precious blood” of Christ, “unblemished and spotless.” Coins, themselves being perishable, can only buy perishable things. Christ’s imperishable blood makes imperishable all it touches.
How ironic that Judas’ thirty pieces of silver set into motion the greatest transaction the world has ever known: Christ’s blood exchanged for our sins. That our worthless, rebellious, and sinful souls would be “redeemed” with the most precious commodity in the entire universe: the blood of the very Son of God. That our “futile way of life” would be exchanged for an abundant life in Christ. That we, whose lives were useless and without purpose, would now become tools in the Creator’s hand in the greatest enterprise known to man: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lord, thank You again for the blood of Christ. Help us never to get over it. Help us This Day to think on it often, submitting ourselves to Your hand, which uses us and gives our lives true meaning and purpose. Amen.