The Ultimate Price

Tim had been in New York City before. He loved the annual trip that his family made from Provo, Utah, to watch US Open together in New York, USA.

One Sunday during the 1990 tournament, Tim was waiting with his parents in a Manhattan underground station when a gang approached them. Surrounding the family, they robbed Tim's father and attacked Tim's mother.

Tim fought back to defend his mother. The attackers turned from Tim's mother to Tim. In the struggle, one of the the robbers pulled a knife and stabbed Tim to death.

Tim paid the ultimate price because he couldn't stand watching the ones he loved to get hurt. Jesus , God's son willingly paid the ultimate price for us because he doesn't want us to get hurt forever.

In John 3:1-21, Jesus talks about the gift of eternal life that his death would provide.

Bible Text

1KJV:Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
2KJV:Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3KJV:And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
4KJV:As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5KJV:Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
6KJV:And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7KJV:Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8KJV:Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9KJV:And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
10KJV:And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11KJV:He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12KJV:Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13KJV:And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14KJV:And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
15KJV:And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
16KJV:John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
17KJV:Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
18KJV:And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.
19KJV:But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20KJV:Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.
21KJV:Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that

Questions to Consider
  • How were Tim's feeling fought for his parents like God's desire for us?
  • According to this passage ( especially verses 16-18), what must we do to receive all that God desires for us?

Motion Points
  • Writing John 3:16 on paper, putting it a box, and gift-wrapping the box. Give the box to a friend as reminder of God’s gift of eternal life.
  • Asking your minister or youth leader what eternal life is, then comparing the answer with what Jesus said in this passage.

Hynm for Today

Further Readings
  • Isaiah 12
  • 1 John 5:1-12
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-17


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