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Paid for

As I looked at the watermelon sitting on the counter, I noticed a big PAID sticker on it. Just to be silly, I took off the sticker and stuck it on my shirt. Then it hit me—I am paid for. We have all been paid for, and the cost was way more than a watermelon.

In John 19, Jesus was falsely accused, beaten, mocked and nailed to a cross. He died a torturous and undeserved death so we can have life. All we have to do is believe. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).

Roman 6:3-4 explains how our baptism is a symbol of the price Jesus paid for us. As we go under the water, we are “buried,” as Jesus was. As we come out of the water, we are “raised”  just like Jesus was raised from the dead.

Jesus’s life, death and resurrection is a big PAID sticker on each and every one of us. Let’s give thanks that God loved us enough to pay such a high price for our lives.

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