The Price of Admission – Lessons from the Super Bowl

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One of the things we did as we waited for the big event to happen was track the re-sale value of our tickets on the secondary market. What was going to be the price of admission on game day?

Shortly after the tickets went on sale, they were worth over $3,000.  On the Friday before the game, the ticket was going for almost $10,000.  On Saturday late morning, the ticket exceeded $10,000.  Saturday night, the ticket was fetching $14,700 on the secondary market.

On game day, I was carrying around a Super Bowl Ticket worth almost $15,000.  The price of admission had escalated to almost ten times face value.  It was an outrageous amount to pay for a football game.

Many things in life come at a price.  Sometimes the cost is monetary, sometimes not.

The price of admission to Disneyland is $135 (Two-Park Ticket).  The price of admission for an adult movie ticket is about $12.  The price of admission for an American astronaut to fly on a Russian Space Shuttle is $70 million.  Prices vary substantially.

On the other hand, the price of admission for some things is absolutely free.  The price of admission to your child’s room to read them a bedtime story is free.  The price of admission for a car ride to the local park with your family is free.  The price of admission for a seat at the family dinner table is free.

Many good things in life come with a price of admission of zero.  Interestingly, the best thing in life also comes absolutely free to us.  The price of admission into heaven is free.  If we confess with our lips that Jesus as Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). 

Ephesians 2:8-9 informs us that “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation or no price we can pay to gain admission to heaven.

The reason why it is a free gift is because Jesus paid the enormous price necessary for our salvation.  He suffered at the hands of men and then went to the cross to die for our sins.  God’s only begotten Son paid the price of admission for us.

I got a small taste of this Super Bowl weekend.  My daughters and their husbands paid the price of admission for me.  It was a free gift of love from them.  I didn’t have to pay face value or $14,700 to experience the game.

One last thing… the Super Bowl was much anticipated and lived up to the hype.  It was a great game and an incredible experience.  Heaven will be so much better.

Something to think about…