My two year old, Stanly, loves money. He’ll find a penny on the ground and get so excited. He puts it in his pocket and when he gets home he puts it in his piggy bank.
Today on our way to church, my wife saw a penny on the ground and gave it to Stanley. He promptly put it in his pocket.
When we got to church, Stanly ran off to play. I found him a few minutes later at the vending machines putting his penny into the coin slot. It would go in, then fall down into the change return. The machine didn’t even register it. Stanley was so disappointed that neither one of the machines would take his penny. It wasn’t enough.
When Cain and Able brought their sacrifices to God, Able’s sacrifice was acceptable to the Lord, but Cain’s wasn’t enough. When you weigh it out though, Able’s wasn’t enough either.
Cain killed Able because Able’s sacrifice was accepted by God and his wasn’t, but neither one was enough. Even an innocent lamb, which was an acceptable sacrifice to God, isn’t enough to keep us clean from our sin. The lamb was accepted, but it only cleansed you for a short period of time. You had to come back with another lamb later.
When Stanley was putting his penny into the vending machine and it kept spitting it back out, he started saying, “Stanley need bigger money.” He knew that if he was going to get anything out of the machine, he needed bigger money.
We all need bigger money.
We can try and try to do everything right and be a good person but it’s not enough. Even if we pray really hard, do our best to be a good guy or even bring all of the right sacrifices, we’re still just putting the same penny into the vending machine. What we need is a dollar bill.
God gave us a dollar to put into the machine. He sent Jesus to live a perfect life and die a horrible death to pay for everyone’s sins past and future. He’s enough. He’s the sacrifice that paid for our candy.
We don’t have to keep putting pennies into the machine anymore. We don’t need to rely on our own good deeds or our own sacrifices because the dollar is already in the machine. We just need to punch in the number and get our Circus Peanuts.