The Price For Christ
By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak
Let us begin with a word of prayer, Thank you Father for allowing us to gather together in the house
of the Lord, we ask that you Bless this message, and allow your Words spoke through this sermon
to bring truth to our Christian ears, and new vision to our Christian eyes. Allow us dear God to cling
to the your Words in this message, father, and carry them with us, as we continue forward in our
Christian walk of life, in Christ Jesus Mighty, Holy name we pray, Amen..
I would like to read to you, a research conducted by the pew research center, it says:
Even though some politicians claim America is a “Christian nation,”
the share of the population that identifies themselves as Christian has declined
significantly in recent years.
New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014,
the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points,
from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.
At the same time, Pew’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study found that the number of people
who are religiously unaffiliated — either atheist, agnostic or simply “nothing in particular” —
has grown by more than six percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014.
There are now approximately 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults living in America,
according to the study, which is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.
The “nones,” as they are known, those who chose no religion, are more numerous than either
Catholics or mainline Protestants, and second only to evangelical Protestants.
Millennials, those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.
Have played a significant role in the extraordinary growth of unaffiliated Americans,
a phenomenon called “generational replacement.”
“As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious
affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations,
” The Pew Research Center reports.
There’s also little indication that these unaffiliated young people will become more religious as they
“It’s not that they start unaffiliated and become religious,”the Pew Research Center, says.
“In fact, it’s the opposite.”.......Yes the opposite.
Older Americans are also exiting from organized religion.
Nearly 25 percent of Generation Xers, that is the generation born between about 1966 and 1980,
surveyed in Pew’s Research Center study, identified as unaffiliated in 2014,
a four-point increase from 2007.
It’s also becoming increasingly common for Americans to leave the faith in which they were raised.
If all Protestants are considered a single religious group, 34 percent of American adults identify
with a faith different from their childhood faith — up from just 28 percent in 2007.
Today, former Christians represent about 19.2 percent of U.S. adults overall, the study finds.
Interestingly, Hindus, Muslims and Jews are the three religious groups with the largest retention
About 80 percent of Hindus, 77 percent of Muslims and 75 percent of Jews still identify with their
The number of Americans who belong to non-Christian faiths has slid up from 4.7 percent in 2007
to 5.9 percent in 2014, with significant growth among Muslims and Hindus.
What has happened to American, and its people ?
Was not the price that Christ payed enough ?
Dear Lord we ask here today, that you would allow us to receive your Word fully, so that we may
have a better understanding of your love for us.
Please father write your Words on our hearts, minds, and souls, that we may have them with us
always forever more.
Let your Words build a confidence within us Lord God, that we may speak your Words of truth,
to all who don't know you, or those who have not yet a understanding of you.
Allow us to be doers of your Word, and bring new souls to you by your Words and Will alone.
In Christ Jesus name, we pray, Amen.
Everything has a price, now to pay that price is something else, consider the truth of it.
If you break the law, you go to jail.
If you speed, you get a ticket.
If you deny Jesus as the Son of God, you go to hell.
Couples argue, they break up.
There is always a price to pay.
I don't believe enough people really appreciate what was given up, what price was paid at Calvary,
on the cross by Jesus Christ.
What about God the Father, the father of Jesus.
What price did He have to pay, what did He feel having to see all that was placed upon His son at
What Hardship Did God (Jehovah) Have To Go Through
God Gave His Only Son:
When we read in (John Chapter 3 Verse 16 of the ESV Bible) it says
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should
not perish but have eternal life."
Now any parent knows that they will have to give a lot in their lives,
but no parent is willing to give their child, but not just their child, but their only child,
give him up knowing that he will die, and willing hand him over.
And with good right, i would not give any of my children over to death,
especially knowing of the circumstances,
i and any parent would their very best,
they would do anything in their power to save their child from death.
With that being said, we can just imagine how God must of felt,
having to give over His one and only son, to death, and God knew how Jesus would suffer,
and He still gave him over, to death, for us.
Adam Clark's Commentary On The Whole Bible describes it as this:
For God so loved the world - Such a love as that which induced God to give his only
begotten son to die for the world.
First, The world was in ruin's, in a condemned state, about to perish everlastingly;
and was utterly without power to rescue itself from destruction.
Secondly, That God, through the impulse of his eternal love,
provided for its rescue and salvation, by giving his Son to die for it.
Thirdly, That the sacrifice of Jesus was the only means by which the redemption of man
could be effective,
and that it is absolutely sufficient to accomplish this gracious design:
for it would have been inconsistent with the wisdom of God,
to have appointed a sacrifice greater in itself, or less in its merit,
than what the urgent necessities of the case required.
Fourthly, That sin must be an indescribable evil, when it required no less a sacrifice,
to make atonement for it, than God manifested in the flesh.
Fifthly, That those who believe receive a double benefit:
1-They are exempted from death - that they may not perish.
2-They are brought to eternal glory - that they may have everlasting life.
These two benefits point out the state of man: he is guilty, and therefore exposed to
punishment: he is impure, and therefore unfit for glory.
God Had To Listen To His Son Ask For Help, And Not Provide
It says in (Matthew Chapter 26 Verse 39 of the ESV Bible) “And going a little farther he fell
on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."
The hardest thing I believe God had to encounter was hearing His son Jesus
ask for help, and God being all powerful knew He could provide it,
but He also knew He could not help His son Jesus.
This had to take place for the forgiveness of sin.
Jesus said My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”
What Jesus is asking is, Let it pass me, and not touch me,
Let what I know I am about to endure not have to come to me, let me not have to endure it.
Christ knew what He was going to have to go through at cavalry,
was going to be the hardest thing in the world that would be set before Him to accomplish.
Then Jesus said “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."
This statement alone shows the true and total faith that Jesus Has in His Father.
Jesus says I know what is coming, and what I must do, but not what I want to happen,
but what ever you want Lord God, and Father.
God Had To Forsake His Son Jesus:
in (Matthew Chapter 27 Verse 46 of the ESV Bible) it says that Jesus cried out from the cross, And
about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?"
that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
God knew that His one and only son would suffer unimaginably,
and yet for the fulfillment of scripture,
and the redemption of sin for mankind he forsake His one and only son,
knowing that he could help him and remove all the pain, all the suffering,
all the persecution, and knowing that He (God) could remove all these things,
and save His son.
He still allowed His son Jesus, The Christ, to suffer and die in our place.
The Peoples New Testament reads: About the ninth hour.
Three o'clock, after the Lord had been six hours on the cross.
Can you imagine that, six hours hanging on the cross in utter pain, bleed beaten, pierced.
The cry that follows is from the 22d Psalm. Why hast thou forsaken me?
These words can only express the idea that he was treading the wine-press alone.
As he hung on the cross, "made sin for us," he was left to struggle without a sense of his
Yet, the cry, My God, my God! shows that he still clung to the Father as his own.
What Jesus Has Given:
First and most importantly He Gave His Life
In (Mark Chapter 9 Verse 31 of the ESV Bible) Jesus says "The Son of Man is going to be
delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him.
And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
This was spoke by Jesus while with His disciples as they passed through Galilee before the
That has got to be mentally tormenting, to live your last days and knowing how many
days you have left , and seeing the date approaching near and near;
Jesus knew all this and still was able to compose Himself ,
hold Himself together, without breaking down over what is sure to come to Him.
While knowing all this, Jesus continued on teaching his disciples,
preparing them for the future without Him.
Consider if while going out to war the king himself on the battlefield when
seeing the enemy turned and ran away leaving his men,
you and I both know that every single man would also run away just like their leader,
Just as he has shown fear to his men so they also have fear.
But Jesus knowing He was going to die stood strong by the disciples, and because
He (Jesus) was strong in His Faith, so His disciples were strong in faith in Him.
A strong King makes strong followers.
For What Did Jesus Give His Life:
Jesus gave His Life For The Forgiveness Of Man's Sins:
Lets look in (I Peter Chapter 3 Verse 18 of the ESV Bible) it says:
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit".......
What is this scripture really saying.
This is without a doubt one of the great statements that show the true love Jesus has for us.
It says “For Christ also suffered once for sins, what is being said here is Christ
suffered death once, and not to suffer death again,
it also says that Jesus suffered for sins,the scripture does not say Jesus suffered for His sin,
He suffered for our sins, yours, and mine, not His own because Jesus is perfect,
and without sin, next the scripture says “ the righteous for the unrighteous”
the righteous is the sinless that is Jesus,
and Jesus suffered for the unrighteous which is those with sin,
this referring to all who have broken God's law,
all sinners, that is you and me, right ?
Next the scripture says “ that he (Jesus) might bring us to God”
This is saying that by the death of Jesus sinners will be brought to the presence of God,
this sentence ensures where Believers of Jesus are going to spend eternity.
The scripture concludes saying “Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit"
the meaning here is Jesus being put to death in the flesh, as a man.
But raised to life by the Spirit, Both by his own divine power,
and by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Make no mistake of it, Jesus died for sins, the Bible tells us so.
For Who Did Jesus Give His Life:
Jesus died for mankind, lets read in (Romans Chapter 4 Verse 25 of the NIV Bible) it says
“He was delivered over to death for OUR sins and was raised to life for our justification."
The Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind, In the books of Mark,
Matthew, Luke the Bible shows the same testimony by the various authors.
Jesus loved us, humans, which were a lower form of being when compared to Him,
because Jesus was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man, sinless,
He still willing gave His life over as a living sacrifice,
taking death for us who really deserve it for our sin.
That is unconditional love, in the Greek, it is Agape, love without boundaries,
love without question.
No one could ever duplicate Jesus love for us.
Have you ever heard the saying “actions speak louder than words ?
Well what do the actions of Jesus Christ on the cross at cavalry say to you. ?
What Price Should We Pay For Christ
Avoid Sin In Our Lives:
In (Proverbs Chapter 28 Verse 13 KJV) it says
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
What is being said here in Proverbs is, the man that covers or excuses his own sin as if the
sin did not matter and as if man himself has the right to excuse his own sin,
which man does not,that man will not succeed, he will not thrive or gain in his living,
but the man that confesses his sin straightaway, and turns away,
and abandons the sin altogether, that is the man God will have mercy upon.
After the price that Christ paid for us, for our lives, what we should be attempting to do is
not to sin before Him, not to hurt Jesus our Christ with our sin.
It seems to me that the wise thing to do is listen to what The Bible says in Proverbs.
There is no down side to following the scriptures instructions regarding sin.
As long as we, as sinners as we all are, do not dismiss our own sin,
but rather confess the sin to God, repent of the sin and ask for His forgiveness,
then God will have mercy on us.
This is a win-win situation here, by not trying to do what only God can do,
and cover our own sin, by not doing this, we please God by not attempting to hide or push
aside what God already has knowledge of, plus when we as sinners come before God to
confess, repent, and ask for His Forgiveness, it brings joy to the angles of God;
as we read in (Luke Chapter 15 verse 10 of the NIV Bible) “In the same way, I tell you, there
is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Yes i will tell you that God wants for nothing more than for humans to follow His Deivne
Follow God's Law:
As we read in (Romans Chapter 2 Verses 12 Through 13 ESV) it says “For as many as have
sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law
shall be judged by the law;
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be
The Apostle Paul is clearly saying that those who have sinned without law shall also perish
without law, and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
Paul said it is not the hearers of the law, but the doers of the law that are justified.
Also clearly written in (Exodus Chapter 20 Verses 1 Through 17 of the NIV Bible) “And God
spoke all these words:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth
beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate
me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless
who misuses his name.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or
female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
"You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or
anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
By the way the only commandment not spoke of in The New Testament is the Sabbath day
God wants us to observe His law.
For all the promises of God await you, as long as you follow God's law.
Let us not forget what is written in (Deuteronomy Chapter 6 Verse 24 of the Niv Bible)
always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today .”
We Should Keep The Command For The Great Commission:
This is what The Bible says about The Great Commission in
(Matthew Chapter 28 Verses 16 Through 20 of the ESV Bible) it says
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, just eleven, remember Judas hung himself after selling
Christ for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave, i might add, to the mountain to which Jesus
had directed them.
And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Jesus commanded His disciples to go to all the nations, in other words go to all the land of all the
Earth and to those who will believe in me, to make disciples of then.
Then Jesus said to baptize them, and to teach them to follow all that I have taught you.
Then these new disciples will go out and keep the command of The Great Commission and make
new disciples, who will go out and do the same.
By this the whole world can have knowledge and believe in Christ Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.
I would like to read a article from -Religion News Service, called:
The Great Decline, 60 Years of Region in America.
Religion in the United States is in the midst of what might be called ‘The Great Decline.’
Previous declines in religion pale in comparison. Over the past fifteen years, the drop in religion has
been twice as great as the decline of the 1960s and 1970s.
During the post-war, baby-booming 1950s, there was a revival of religion.
Indeed, some at the time considered it a third great awakening.
Then came the societal changes of the 1960s, which included a questioning of religious institutions.
The resulting decline in religion stopped by the end of the 1970s, when religion remained steady.
Over the past fifteen years, however, religion has once again declined.
But this decline is much sharper than the decline of 1960s and 1970s.
Church attendance and prayer is less frequent.
The number of people with no religion is growing.
Fewer people say that religion is an important part of their lives.
All measures point to the same drop in religion:
If the 1950s were another Great Awakening, this is the Great Decline.
This is staggering to me. After all God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has done for us.
Was the price that Christ paid, not enough for them ?
In conclusion, what can I say regarding The Price For Christ.
Well if I never speak before you again, if I never have the opportunity to take this pulpit again, I
want you to know to that the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ at Cavalry was enough for me.
The Word of the Son of the most high God was enough for me.
The resurrection of Christ was enough for me.
The empty tomb was enough for me.
The ascension of Jesus was enough for me.
The Price For Christ was enough for me, and it is enough for you.
Our great Lord and God in Heaven, we thank you for your son Jesus whom is the Word, and for The
Holy Spirit whom is our teacher.
I pray Father that the words spoken here today will be embedded in the minds and the hearts of
our church family, and that they may take these truths with them and exercise the command of The
Great Commission, bringing more souls to the knowledge and perfect
love of Jesus Christ, to fill the world with His followers.
I pray that this be for the Praise, Honor and the Glory of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, in who's
mighty, precious and Holy name we pray, Amen.