How much is one human life worth? It’s a question that’s being debated on several fronts, from abortion to euthanasia.
How do we know that each person on earth has distinct and separate value? What proof do we have that every individual man and woman and child should be treasured?
We know the value of each person – because of Jesus.
The following story appeared in the Church Herald: “Muretus, a Christian scholar of the 16th century, became ill while on a trip. The doctors who were called in to treat him did not know him. He looked so much like an ordinary individual that they said, ‘Let’s try an experiment on him, for he looks of no importance.’” Muretus overheard this remark, and he called to the doctors, “Call not any man cheap for whom Christ died.”
The apostle Paul, referring to Christ, said that He “died for all” (2 Corinthians 5:15). Jesus said that it was because of God’s love for the world that the Father sent His Son to die on the cross (John 3:16). Indeed, if Christ gave His life so that each person could be forgiven through faith in Him – and He did – then each person is more valuable than we could ever imagine. When He died for all, He died for each. And that should show us the value of one. – J. David Branon
O teach me what it cost You, Lord,
To make a sinner whole,
And help me understand anew
The value of one soul! – Anon
The value of one soul is measured by the price Jesus paid on the cross.
- June 19, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread