How do we evaluate the sacrifice of a soldier who has laid down his life for his country? How do we compensate a son of the soil who feels compelled to end his miserable life? Do a billionaire’s possessions make him a more worthy person than others?
Life is priceless. Yet in the real world, there is always a need to evaluate life, particularly human life, and to put a price tag on it. Insurance companies try to put the lowest price tag on a person’s life. After an aircraft accident, airlines go into endless negotiations for minimising the value of the life of their ill-fated passengers. For ages slavery was rampant in the world, and human beings were sold and bought for a price, like commodities. Human trafficking exists even today although in different forms and it continues to increase in spite of stringent laws.
For human beings, life is perhaps their most precious possession. Yet the Bible compares human life to things as unimportant as grass and dust. “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” (Psalm 103:15-16, 1 Peter 1:24) All human beings come from dust and return to dust. (Genesis 3:19, Psalm 103:14, Ecclesiastes 3:20) If this is so, then one may logically ask why God, the maker of heaven and earth, should care about man at all? (Psalm 8:3-4)
But the answer is that God does care! And he cares immensely for man. In God’s evaluation, man has the highest value. So high that God sent his own son to earth to die for man and given him eternal life!