“THE PRICE IS PAID”
Read Isaiah 53: 1-9
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the
town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had
remembered to wear our heavy coats, gloves, and scarves; and
though we were not professional singers, every word we sang
was from the heart: “All in an April evening, April airs were
abroad, I saw the sheep with their lambs and thought on the
Lamb of God.”*
The shoppers hurried by. No doubt they wished to be
home as quickly as possible in front of a warm fire. With their
heads down, they hardly noticed us.
The bread shop opposite us was still open, so some shoppers popped in to buy the cakes and breads that were tastefully
displayed. But as the shoppers reached for a purse or wallet,
they were told, “The price is paid.” They owed nothing for their
As a Christian outreach group we had arranged to pay
for the purchases that evening in an effort to bring home the
message of Easter: It wasn’t
just the bread and the cakes
that were free. Because Jesus
paid the price for our sins,
we are forgiven and free to
live a new life following the
way of Christ!
* “All in the April Evening,” words by Katharine Tynan, music Hugh S.
Robertson, first published 1911.
Prayer: O Lord, we thank you for your loving sacrifice that
frees us to live as forgiven people. Amen.
Carol Purves (Carlisle, England)
Prayer Focus: CHURCH CHOIR MEMBERS
— 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
How will I thank God for
the gift of salvation?