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How Many Elements Does it Take?

When my sister was visiting last week she broke out in song, singing to my dog…“How much is that doggy in the window?”…I joined in…“the one with the waggly tail. How much is that doggy in the window? I do hope that doggy’s for sale.”

That is one thing I love about our visits. There is always lots of singing.

Not too long ago a conversation went something like this regarding musicals. My sister said, “I mean come on. Who in real life just breaks out in song?”

A hush. Everyone stares silently at her. And then with a grin and a bit of quizzical brow, “Oh, I guess we do.”

And we do! All the time! We sing and sing and sing.

Old commercials, “My bologna has a first name, it’s Oscar. My bologna has a second name, it’s Mayer…”

Old tv programs, “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale; a tale of a mighty ship…”

Old songs from mom’s records, “"You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt"

We love to sing, and we love singing together. How much is that doggy in the window was a fun one we had not done in a while.

How much is that doggy?

You can buy certain dog breeds and pay a lot of money!

According to these are some of the most expensive dogs:

Afghan Hound - $7,000

Pharoah Hound - $7,500

Dogo Argentino - $8,000

Canadian Eskimo Dog - $8,750

Azawakh - $9,500

Tibetan Mastiff - $10,000

Chow Chow - $11,000

Lowchen - $12,000

Samoyed - $14,000 (probably the world’s most expensive dog)

So, how much is that doggy in the window? I guess if we must ask, we probably can’t afford it.

When is the last time you were in a pet store? There is a certain ambiance, a certain noise, a certain smell. There are so many hopefuls. Kittens, puppies, birds, snakes, turtles and fish, all needing a home. But what is the price?

We see in Luke a similar question, “What’s the price of two or three pet canaries?”

Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head!...You’re worth more than a million canaries.” Luke 12:6-7 The Message

Think about that for a moment. Think about the cost of a Samoyed for example. Sources say close to $14,000! That is a lot of money, but you, you are worth even more than that. Or are you?

According to a recent article in Wired magazine, a body could be worth up to $45 million — Calculated by selling the bone marrow, DNA, lungs, kidneys, heart … as components. But what about the value of a body based around just the chemical elements that make up the body?

Our bodies are made up of about 60 elements ranging from carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen to lead, copper and nickel. The most abundant elements in our body are cheap, so they do not contribute much to its value. If you add up the totals it comes to just over $160. (

We have $160 of elements in our body.

But we are worth more than that.

Our body parts could sell for as much as $45 million once we pass away. A bit unsettling, I think.

But still, we are worth even more than that!

King Richard was sailing back from the Crusades when bad weather forced him to land in unfriendly territory at Corfu. Richard and his men, disguised as Knights Templar, made their way back to central Europe. But while passing through Vienna he was identified and captured by the unfriendly Leopold V, Duke of Austria. The Duke demanded a ransom of 150,000 marks, 2-3 times the annual revenue of England. Around one year later the ransom was paid. That was in the year 1190. Today that value would be about 3.3 billion dollars!

But still, we are worth even more than that! We have been ransomed by the precious blood of Jesus.

Peter 1:18-19 says, “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” ESV

Does anyone know the price of the blood from God? Can any value be put on His blood? Certainly not any monetary value.

If you had all the money in the world, you could not purchase what Jesus did for us on the cross. If we were the best people, never making a mistake, never speaking unkindly, always helping others, it still would not be good enough to gain the kind of access Jesus afforded us with His death and resurrection.

Titus 3:4-7 “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” ESV

So, what is our value?

Jesus said “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…” Isaiah 49:16

Jesus will wear His scars forever. Scars on His hands and feet that will be an eternal reminder of our value.

We may have only $160 worth of elements in our body, but our worth to Jesus can only be measured as wide as His arms were spread on the cross.

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