The high cost was the precious blood of Jesus. As we think on this thought there are two more verses I want to introduce:
1 Corinthians 5:7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Exodus 12:5-7,13 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, (6) and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. (7) “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it…The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
Jesus is our Passover Lamb sacrificed for us, just as when the death angel passed over the children of Israel when he saw the blood of the lamb, God will not see our sin and our guilt but the blood of the sacrifice. When an Israelite brought a sacrifice to the temple, he would press his hands onto the head of the lamb, goat, bullock or whatever animal he was bringing as a substitute to the priest and they would press their hands onto the head of the animal as the priest killed the animal identifying themselves with the sacrifice. We must identify ourselves with Jesus if we are to be saved by Him. We are not saved because or parents are saved, or because we go to church, or because it is our rights as an American. We must be saved, we must make the decision to identify ourselves with Jesus.
Secondly, we notice that just as Israel could not just offer any old animal for a sacrifice. I remember hearing a story about how a cow birthed two calves at the same time, so he said to his wife “Martha, we will give one of the calves to the Lord.” Over the course of the next few weeks one of the calves got sick and died. The farmer came to his wife and said “Martha, the Lord’s calf just died.” The ten year old three legged, one eyed ram is not qualified to be a sacrifice. Only the best will do. It is a picture of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made on the cross at Cavalry. The price was no less than the blood of the Son of God.
Hebrews 9:13-14 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, (14) how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Only Jesus’ blood will cleanse us from our sin, sanctify and purify us before the God of Heaven. The Blood of no animal, no work we can do, nothing else will satisfy God. God in His love not only demanded a perfect sacrifice for sin but provided it for us. As we look at the price willingly paid in love for us hopefully this will move us toward the next thought in salvation: conviction.