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Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
May 22, 2024

Every August in Madison, Wisconsin, moving days are a bargain shoppers’ dream. As apartment leases end, college students fill the sidewalks and curbs with possessions they no longer want. As the residents are moving out, other people flock in looking for a free dining table or couch or bookshelves or lamp. It’s the whole “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” concept. People flock to free.

God does this too—except instead of setting out his trash, he gave us his treasure: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

God sent Jesus, his own Son, to earth and allowed him to be treated like trash—rejected, scorned, beaten, and crucified in our place. Jesus suffered the punishment we deserved so that God could give us peace, joy, life, and eternity as free gifts. 

Because the Father’s treasure is now our treasure, it changes how we live: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. … Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).