One of our family’s very favorite places to go is Walt Disney World. In fact, that is where I asked Kim to marry me and where we went for our honeymoon. Every year since, we have gone with our growing family, now numbering six of us. One thing that Kim and I have noticed along the way is the ever-growing price of admission. What started in the mid $30.00 range back in the 90’s has now increased to more than $100.00 for a single day, one-park pass.
It’s not just Disney, of course; the cost of everything has gone up. But did you know there is one admission ticket that is exactly the same price today as it was when it was first offered centuries ago?
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:9-10)
Now, that’s enough to get you to sit up and take notice, isn’t it? The price of admission to enter the Master’s Kingdom—not the Magic Kingdom—is the same today as it has always been: it’s absolutely free!
Now, let me be clear. The price of admission for those who enter is free, but it was not without cost for the One who has given us access to it. Our Lord Jesus Christ paid an unimaginable price to purchase our admission into the kingdom of God! He endured the wrath of God on our behalf, shed His precious blood, and ultimately gave His life . . . for you and for me.
Without the price of admission paid by our Lord, no one could possibly gain entrance into heaven. The door is shut on sinners, because the wages of sin is death. But Jesus came into this world and paid the full and complete price of our admission. He paid it with His life. He paid it with His death. And He paid it with His resurrection. And He paid it in full for you and all those who place their trust in Him.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:7-8)
That is the good news of the Gospel. It was not our merit; it was God’s mercy that purchased our ticket into paradise. It was not our good works; it was God’s grace that purchased our ticket into paradise. It is all of God because it is all of grace, and God’s grace is a free gift. You don’t pay for a gift. You don’t work for a gift. It is simply given. But it is only given to those who acknowledge they cannot receive it any other way than by trusting in Christ alone. What a great comfort to know that Jesus paid the price of our admission into a life of eternal bliss!
If you know this truth and have received it, by grace through faith, perhaps you could share it with someone who does not know it. With the price of admission going up and up and up for everything else in this world, it is a tremendous comfort to know that the price of admission into paradise has never changed . . . it’s FREE!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!