Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! The Word of our God that we will focus on this morning is from the first letter of the apostle Peter chapter 1 (read text). In the name of Jesus, dear friends in Christ and especially you 2013 confirmands.
Well, was it worth it? Can you imagine how much time it took? Can you imagine how many hours and hours of studying God’s Word you’ve spent in school, in Sunday School, and especially these last 2 years in confirmation class? Can you imagine all the time you’ve spent reading the Bible, sitting in classes, filling out worksheets, memorizing Bible passages and parts of the catechism, studying for quizzes and tests? Was all of it worth it?
You have to admit that up to this point in your life you’ve spent a large share of time studying God’s Word. Was it worth it? Well, that same question was perhaps running through the minds of the people who first received Peter’s letter. We’re told that they “suffered grief in all kinds of trials.” They faced persecutions for their faith in Jesus. Believing wasn’t easy, it was difficult!
And the same is true for us, is true for you. I’m guessing it wasn’t always easy to sit down and do your work for catechism. There’s so many other things to do! Playing soccer, playing video games, playing on the computer, watching t.v., watching soccer, etc. And guess what…spending time in God’s Word won’t get any easier for you either. Is it worth it? In fact, everyone here today could ask the same question: Is it worth it? Is it worth spending time hearing God’s Word? Is it worth it to pay attention to God’s Word? Is it worth it to come to church regularly? Is it worth it to come to Bible class or Sunday School?
Is it worth it? Well, is it worth it to know the answers to life’s most important questions? Most people in the world don’t know, they don’t know the answers to the most important questions in life. Questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here anyway?” and “What’s my purpose in life?” If someone doesn’t have the answers to those questions, life in general will soon become meaningless and pointless to them. They’ll say things like, “I work and work at my job and my business just doesn’t seem to succeed.” “I try to do my best but just can’t seem to achieve what I want.” “I finally get what I’ve wanted for a long time and then realize that there’s something else that I want but don’t have!” “Just when I think things are going well, I get sick or get laid off at my job.” And no matter what, no matter how hard I work, or how hard I try, in the end I’m going to end up dead, I can’t change that, and everything that I’ve worked for, everything I’ve achieved, everything I have, I’ll have to leave to someone else. That’s how it was for my grandparents and my great-grandparents and every generation that’s gone before. How empty! How meaningless!
On our own, that’s exactly where each one of us was at. But then God did something. He bought you. No, not with gold or silver or any kind of a perishable thing. What price did God pay for you? The highest price imaginable: His own Son’s blood. Jesus went to the cross and died for… you! Jesus went to the cross, bled, and died to purchase you for God!
You know, something’s value is determined by what someone is willing to pay for that item. That’s how value is determined. What was your God willing to pay for you? “The precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” Your God knows that you are worth the blood of Jesus, that’s the price God was willing to pay for you! So who are you? You’re someone worth the blood of Jesus!
You see, that was God’s plan for you all along. All the way back at the beginning when Adam and Eve fell into sin, God promised to send a Savior from sin. Then when the time was just right God sent His Son, who lived a perfect life, died an innocent death, and victoriously rose from the dead, He did it all in a very public way, and God had it recorded down in His Word. Why? Because of you? Because God wanted you to know about it! Because God wanted you to know that you are worth His own Son’s blood, that you are His eternal sons and daughters, to know who you are and why you’re here! And so over the years as you studied that truth and over the past 2 years as you studied that truth in confirmation classes, was it worth it? Absolutely!
The question, however, remains. What happens now? Will you continue to see those truths as important for your life, continue to stand firm on all of God’s Word, continue to hear God’s Word regularly? The devil wants nothing more than to lead you astray, to lead you into thinking it’s not worth it. Will the devil win? Will he convince you that eternal life isn’t all that important, that being into God’s Word isn’t important? He’ll try hard. But it is our prayer this morning that he fails.
And how do you stay protected from the devil’s attacks? Stay in God’s Word! Read His Word regularly, continue to come to Sunday School, Worship, Bible studies. Stay in His Word. Through His Word your Heavenly Father will lovingly say to you again and again: You are mine, I bought you with my own precious blood, you are worth it, you are my own son, my own daughter. And one day, maybe soon, maybe many years from now, the Lord will take you from this life to life eternal. And maybe, just maybe when your Savior welcomes you to your eternal home and you’re looking into his eyes, maybe you’ll remember all those countless hours spent in His Word, maybe you’ll remember your confirmation classes where you began studying God’s Word in a deep way, and the question will come into your head, “Was it worth it?” And the answer will be a wonderful, resounding, “YES! This was worth it!” Amen.