Fat Joe~ “Yesterday’s price is not today’s price.”
No, I am not promoting the philosophy and ethics of rapper Fat Joe, but in passing I once heard this quote. I can affirm however that this quote reflects culture and society briefly with one short sentence.
This is the way the world operates-
Supply and demand.
Of these three things, many people are aware of, and it affects our day to day lives. People also often note it because as Fat Joe makes aware, it is constantly changing. Now juxtapose that to the following Bible verse:
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Would it surprise you if I told you that this verse was given in the context of the writer speaking on contentment?
I hope this wouldn’t because this truth should be cornerstone to our personal contentment.
The world is changing and indeed, yesterday’s price is not today’s price. Although this often determines our contentment. Consider the truth of Hebrews 13:8.
Jesus truly possesses the only stable currency and it never inflates. He bought humanity at a price and has redeemed us at the cost of His death. The receipt is His resurrection and proof of purchase.
Peter beautifully describes this transaction when he writes,
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
And how did He do this you may ask? Well, we were redeemed from the curse of law by Him becoming a curse for us. If that sounds odd, I understand but it is true! In Galatians 3:13 it is stated,
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
It was not a cheap purchase; in fact, it was the costliest purchase. But the bill is paid, and we proudly boast God’s riches of grace in our life on Earth and in the next (Ephesians 1:7).
Being bought at price, it is also important to realize that being bought means now that we are not our own. Being not our own and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we reside within an anomaly of freedom with the simple condition that we glorify Him who made such a costly purchase (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Being bought and we have communion with the Holy God by His Holy Spirit and where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). This freedom does not change either being from an unchanging God.
Do you see why Christians are different from the world? Because truly, in Christ, in all things important we have nothing in common with the ever-changing world. We are bought and secured by an unchanging God!
So therefore, glorify God today and thank Him for this beautiful truth.