February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a reminder to consider the ones we love and have been loved by. I wonder how much money is raked in via the purchase of candy, flowers, and cards? I like to do something special for my wife, Loretta, on Valentine’s Day. But if I were to wait for a whole year to show some expression of my appreciation and love for her, this would not be good. Thankfully, true love for us is not reflected in how much money we spend on each other and not only on one day a year.

A British luxury retail site called VeryFirstTo is offering what has to be the most expensive Valentine’s Day dinner in history. British Chef Adam Simmonds will go to one lucky (or crazy) couple’s home and cook a jaw-dropping, eight-course menu that stacks up to about $99,478.80. The over-the-top menu has a bottle of wine, “La Romanee-Conti, Domanine de la Romannee-Conti” which costs a ridiculous $27,720.20 a bottle. Wow, don’t forget to tac on the 20 cents on the back end of that price tag!

Out of curiosity, I googled the most expensive Valentine ever given and the one above was a current listing. But the most expensive love feast ever given to anyone costs less than a dollar per person and can be celebrated by many on at least on a monthly, weekly or for some on a daily basis. Simple fruit of the vine bought at the local store and unleavened bread which can be baked at home.

This feast cannot be purchased because it is not for sale, it can only be received. There is an infamous group of Chefs who collaborated in the preparation of this most famous meal. Sinful fallen humanity took an innocent Lamb of God and slaughtered it, not for consumption, but out of spite and hatred. Yet what sinful man meant for evil God meant for good.  This Lamb Jesus the Christ allowed Himself to be prepared a sacrifice for your sins and mine. Because He took our sin upon Himself by dying in our place, we can be set free. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Lord’s Supper is the greatest and most expensive love feast ever prepared. It cost the price of God’s only Son’s death upon a cruel tree. And yet for us, when we gather around His table, it is affordable for it is free to all who first come to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is only pennies per person to feast upon the bread and drink the grape, but every time we do – it is a reminder of the priceless cost given for you and for me.

For me, the greatest Valentine ever given is the one Jesus gave to me. I opened it by faith on Feb, 22 1981 in my barracks room in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. It simply read. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). You know why God said whosoever believeth? If you have replaced whosoever with your name you already know. If you have not, know this: love is offered to you as well. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

Because of the Best Valentine Ever,

Pastor John Schofield