A few years back the wife and I took at mini vacation to go skiing. We no sooner arrived at the slopes when a large storm moved in. We hurried back into town, knowing we better stock up since the blizzard might keep us trapped inside for a few days. After grapping some basics, we thought we would grab what would be our only hot meal for the next few days. The only problem was that all the restaurants were shutting down in anticipation of the weather. Only one place was open, so we went inside to get something.
That was a mistake.
I don’t know if it was always this way or they just knew we had a captive audience but the only thing on the menu was lasagna, for forty five dollars! No sides, no salad, no bread, just lasagna. Now it wasn’t bad lasagna but for forty five dollars I was expecting it to be the best thing I ever ate. It wasn’t. l I look back and think that was probably the most expensive food I've ever purchased.
However that wasn’t the most expensive meal I ever ate.
The meal that costs the most isn’t high end steak or exotic seafood, but a simple piece of unleavened bread and a cup of the fruit of the vine. It’s a common meal partaken of by people all over the world every first day of the week.
It’s the Lord Supper.
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19
In order to have this meal, a great price had to be made. I don’t mean the cost of the cracker and a bottle of grape juice. Because the meal isn’t about sustenance, it’s about remembrance. We eat in remembrance of him (Luke 22:19). It is a proclamation of his sacrificial death (1st Corinthians 11:26). When we eat and drink, we need to focus on just how valuable a price was paid. To have this meal, the most perfect man to walk the earth had to give his life.
You can see why it is the most expensive meal you will ever eat. However this meal doesn’t come with a check at the end.
It’s already been paid for.